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|Maguffin; fun for Elinor
Written by Tom P2
(9/18/2006 1:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Edward the cipher, penned by Tina T
First, thanks Tina for using the term maguffin! Having just scurried off to find out what it means, I reckon that Edward is not a maguffin for Elinor in chapters 1-8, because she has an independent purpose that's at least as important: counselling her mother.
Even though we don't get any details, Edward does contribute to the "fun for Elinor" theme that I'm watching for. I was wondering whether she spends so much time being useful to other people, that she has no enjoyment of her own. But surely she enjoys her growing attachment ...[with]... a gentlemanlike and pleasing young man!
S&S2 does a charming job of building up Edward, but I find S&S1 pretty plausible too, in the way that Elinor and Edward are thrown together. They both like to go outdoors in the early morning, and their manners/breeding/exertions are instrumental in holding the social circle (supercilious Fanny, materialistic John, abrupt Marianne, and withdrawn Mrs Dashwood) together, presumably for several weeks.
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