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Written by Anne L
(9/17/2006 11:31 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Edward the cipher, penned by Tina T
At this point in the novel, I think that Edward is meant to illumine Elinor's personality to us, setting up the contrast with Marianne. Obviously, Elinor is not looking for the same things that Marianne is. Elinor and Marianne are the focus of the novel, not their love interests. I agree with CarolB that Jane is merely setting up the rest of the novel. She makes us enough acquainted with Edward to know that we like him, and to make us wonder why he hasn't declared his love.
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