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Classic quotes from the novel ...
Anne, with an elegance of mind and sweetness of character, which must have placed her high with any people of real understanding, was nobody with either father or sister; her word had no weight, her convenience was always to give way-- she was only Anne.
None of Anne's family think much of her because they don't understand her, so she gets along as best she can. The true underestimated heroine.
It had not been possible for him to spend less; he had done nothing but what Sir Walter Elliot was imperiously called on to do; but blameless as he was, he was not only growing dreadfully in debt, but was hearing of it so often, that it became vain to attempt concealing it longer, even partially, from his daughter.
Well, if one must spend money, one had better get on with it, even if the money isn't there.
Sir Walter, without hesitation, declared the Admiral to be the best-looking sailor he had ever met with, and went so far as to say, that if his own man might have had the arranging of his hair, he should not be ashamed of being seen with him any where
"I cannot possibly do without Anne," was Mary's reasoning; and Elizabeth's reply was, "Then I am sure Anne had better stay, for nobody will want her in Bath."
Sisterly love, indeed. Useful to one, and unwanted by the other, Anne generally does as she is told.
"Upon my word, I shall be pretty well off, when you are all gone away to be happy at Bath!"
Mary feeling sorry for herself as usual.
Anne hoped she had outlived the age of blushing; but the age of emotion she certainly had not.
Well, how would you feel if the sister of the man you were secretly in love with suddenly mentioned his name without warning? (In fact, Mrs Croft was referring to her other brother, but Anne didn't realise that at first).
"How is Mary looking?" said Sir Walter, in the height of his good humour. "The last time I saw her she had a red nose, but I hope that may not happen every day."
The love of a father for his daughter...hmm.
He was not at all ashamed of the acquaintance, and did, in fact, think and talk a great deal more about the Admiral, than the Admiral ever thought or talked about him.
Sir Walter again, who has a rather inflated idea of his own importance.
"Do not you think, Miss Elliot, we had better try to get him to Bath?"
A rather bright suggestion about Captain Wentworth, made by the Admiral to Anne, who has no objection.
"You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago."
Captain Wentworth in his letter to Anne. How could any woman resist?
Who can be in doubt of what followed?
Who indeed? They got married, of course, and lived happily ever after.....
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