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Quote #1

The sailor was now lost to them; and Susan's staunch, religious adherence to him as her husband, till her views had been disturbed by enlightenment, was demanded no more. (4.9)

Susan's loyalty to the sailor, Captain Newson, is not based on love but on a sense of religious duty.

Quote #2

She looked at him quite coolly, and saw how his forehead shone where the light caught it, and how nicely his hair was cut, and the sort of velvet-pile or down that was on the skin at the back of his neck, and how his cheek was so truly curved as to be part of a globe, and how clearly drawn were the lids and lashes which hid his bent eyes. (7.13)

This is Elizabeth-Jane's first good look at Farfrae. He's reading a newspaper and hardly notices that she's there, so she's able to check him out without his realizing it. Her eyes rove over his entire face and neck – it's a surprisingly intimate description, especially from the point of view of an innocent young girl.

Quote #3

He seemed to feel exactly as she felt about life and its surroundings – that they were a tragical, rather than a comical, thing; that though one could be gay on occasion, moments of gaiety were interludes, and no part of the actual drama. It was extraordinary how similar their views were. (8.33)

Elizabeth-Jane has never personally spoken with Farfrae – she's only heard him chatting with the townspeople. She has developed a crush on him from a distance and assumes they were made for each other. They think the same way about everything!

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