And now for our chapter!
I think of this chapter as an ‘information and transition chapter,’ with all its different people and groups moving from here to there. Once again, Anne is resolving and taking action: helping the Musgroves head off for Lyme and bolstering Lady Russell’s decision to call on the Crofts.
Lady Russell and Anne’s call on the Crofts is perfectly delightful, including its little narration from Admiral Croft about the Kellynch improvements and Sir Walter’s looking glasses: “Indeed, I must do ourselves the justice to say, that the few alterations we have made have been all very much for the better. My wife should have the credit of them, however. I have done very little besides sending away some of the large looking-glasses from my dressing-room, which was your father’s. A very good man, and very much the gentleman I am sure: but I should think, Miss Elliot,” (looking with serious reflection), “I should think he must be rather a dressy man for his time of life. Such a number of looking-glasses! …there was no getting away from one's self. So I got Sophy to lend me a hand, and we soon shifted their quarters; and now I am quite snug, with my little shaving glass in one corner, and another great thing that I never go near.” Such a telling image of the differences between the two men!
And, of course, I also love how Captain Wentworth brings the notes for Anne and then speaks so highly of her to his sister! Quite lovely, indeed.
“There was some anxiety mixed with Lady Russell's joy in meeting her. She knew who had been frequenting Uppercross.” pg. 120
“She could have said more on the subject; for she had in fact so high an opinion of the Crofts, and considered her father so very fortunate in his tenants, felt the parish to be so sure of a good example, and the poor of the best attention and relief, that however sorry and ashamed for the necessity of the removal, she could not but in conscience feel that they were gone who deserved not to stay, and that Kellynch Hall had passed into better hands than its owners'. These convictions must unquestionably have their own pain, and severe was its kind; but they precluded that pain which Lady Russell would suffer in entering the house again, and returning through the well-known apartments.” pg. 122
“Mrs. Croft always met her with a kindness which gave her the pleasure of fancying herself a favourite, and on the present occasion, receiving her in that house, there was particular attention.” pg. 122
“As to the sad catastrophe itself, it could be canvassed only in one style by a couple of steady, sensible women, whose judgments had to work on ascertained events…” pg. 123
Possible discussion question/s:
~ It’s evident we’ll soon be en route for Bath with Anne. Are you looking forward to leaving our country acquaintance behind and mixing more with the Elliots again?