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|Isn't Mrs. Dashwood being selfish too?
Written by Julianne E.
(9/16/2006 11:50 a.m.)
In reading Ch. IV, I couldn't help thinking how Mrs. Dashwood seems selfish in deciding to leave Norland and accept Sir John's cottage, particularly as regards Elinor. She must know that taking Elinor away from Edward would give him time to be influenced by his mother and Fanny into not proposing to her in the future.
The only reasons that come to mind are:
1) she thinks this will possibly speed along the proposal from Edward that she thinks will eventually come anyway
2) she really doesn't understand the damage she's inflicting (thus my comment about her being selfish)
3) when she discusses it with Elinor and Elinor "made no attempt to dissuade her mother from sending her letter of acquiescence," Mrs. Dashwood takes this as a sign that Elinor is sure of Edward's proposal coming soon as well
I don't mean to imply that Mrs. Dashwood is selfish in the same way that Fanny and John Dashwood are, just that she acts on impulse and based on her own discomfort, and it hurts Elinor.
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