Anne believes Capt W in love with neither Louisa nor Henrietta and oblivious to the jealousies & rivalries of all.
Then, on a long walk, she has occasion to hear, unseen, Capt W & Louisa together. And what she hears is a game-changer.
Anne hears Louisa telling Capt W that Anne refused Charles (Mary's hubby's) hand years ago, persuaded to do so by Lady R.
Anne also hears Capt W praising Louisa for being unpersuadable. And when Henrietta returns with smiling BF, all is clear.
"Everything now marked out Louisa for Captain Wentworth; nothing could be plainer." The era of Anne is over.
Admiral & Mrs. Croft happen by in their gig, and Capt W makes sure Anne rides w/them; his hands place her in the carriage.
"she owed it to his perception of her fatigue...He could not forgive her, but he could not be unfeeling."
"it was a proof of his own warm and amiable heart," and she knows not whether it gives her more pleasure or pain.
Admiral & Mrs. Croft entertain Anne with speculations as to whom Capt W will marry. Mrs. C seems unimpressed w/ the girls.
....END OF CHAPTER 10. Next up: Anne, Mary, Charles, Captain Wentworth, Louisa, and Henrietta go on a fateful journey to Lyme.
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