What explanation does Anne give for this chapter's surprising new development--the match between Louisa Musgrove and Captain Benwick?
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Anne believed that the Captain needed a mate, and that is someone listened and treated him with interest, love, and affection, "He must love somebody."
She was persuaded that any tolerably pleasing young woman who had listened and seemed to feel for him would have received the same compliment. He had an affectionate heart. He must love somebody.