The author sums up the reactions to Anne’s and Wentworth’s engagement. After becoming better acquainted with Captain Wentworth, Sir Walter gives his approval of the marriage. Elizabeth is not one to demonstrate warm emotions toward her sister, and she continues to act the same, though she has no obvious objections. Mary is somewhat happy with the arrangement, though more for personal reasons than for her sister’s sake. Mary is pleased with the marriage because Anne will not outdo her in social rank. Once Charles inherits the Musgrove estate, Mary will rise in status above that of Anne. This would not have been true if Anne had wed Mr. Elliot; Mary believes Anne has made the proper decision.
Mr. Elliot is truly shocked when he heard of Anne’s engagement, and he leaves Bath shortly afterward. Rumors have it that Mrs. Clay follows him. It is a strange arrangement, but Mr. Elliot seems to have taken on the obligation of taking care of Mrs. Clay, possibly to assure that at least this woman will not stand between him and the Elliot estate.
The only person’s opinion about which Anne was truly concerned was that of Lady Russell. Anne realizes that for Lady Russell to accept Wentworth, she will have to admit that she was wrong in keeping him and Anne apart. Anne is quite pleased when Lady Russell does admit this. She claims that she might have been hasty in judging Wentworth previously. Now she sees that he will be a good provider and she is pleased that Anne is happy.
Anne also hopes that Mrs. Smith will accept Anne’s choice of husband because Anne values her relationship with Mrs. Smith. There is no reason for Mrs. Smith not to be happy for Anne, and she learns much about Wentworth’s character when he takes on the responsibility of securing Mrs. Smith’s estate. Wentworth files all the papers and covers all the...
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