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|...through Elizabeth's eyes...(long)
Written by Anselm
(4/14/2010 12:26 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, sat down by her, and talked scarcely to any one else (long), penned by Stephanie
Interesting observation, that. In the S&S GR it became obvious to me that this was Elinor's novel, not her's and Marianne's, because in Ch.9, in which Willoughby first appears, the point of view (PoV) shifts quite suddenly to Elinor, through whose eyes the rest of the novel is largely seen, including such intimately personal episodes as the depth of her sister's torment after Willoughby snubs her in London.
In the Netherfield chapters of P&P (7-12), it seems as if the PoV similarly narrows to Elizabeth, but in a much more gradual and subtle manner, as revealed by information (usually about a person's feelings) that are not communicated by word or gesture to anyone else. In Ch.7, for example, we have this sentence:
That she should have walked three miles so early in the day, in such dirty weather, and by herself, was almost incredible to Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley; and Elizabeth was convinced that they held her in contempt for it.The sisters' incredulity and Elizabeth's conviction are both known only to those parties respectively, so we are privy to the private thoughts of Elizabeth, Miss Bingley and Mrs Hurst. But by Ch.10 we are told of the following:
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