He had not forgiven Anne Elliott. She had used him ill, deserted and disappointed him; and worse, she had shown a feebleness of character in doing so, which his own decided, confident temper could not endure. She had given him up to oblige others. It had been the effect of over-persuasion. It had been weakness and timidity.
He had been most warmly attached to her, and had never seen a woman since whom he had thought her equal; but, except for some natural sensation of curiosity, he had no desire of meeting her again. Her power with him was gone for ever.