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Written by Robbin
(9/18/2006 11:55 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Marianne forgets they are not necessarily lovers, penned by Pennie
I think Elinor’s explanation of her feelings for Edward after offending Marianne by saying the above show that she is already emotionally invested but I agree with you that she attempts to control her emotions because he has not declared himself and a practical consideration of the obstacles that stand in the way of a marriage between them. I think there is a difference in not emotionally investing and checking your emotions--trying to not let them grow without encouragement. I think Elinor’s statement, “In my heart I feel little -- scarcely any doubt of his preference”—Chapter 4, shows that she does believe he has affection for her and consequently she has affection for him as she told Marianne:
“Believe them to be stronger than I have declared; believe them, in short, to be such as his merit, (Who doubts Edward’s merit?) and the suspicion -- the hope of his affection for me may warrant, without imprudence or folly.” (Chapter 4)
I think Elinor's checking her emotions to what she believes Edward feels is what she means by avoiding imprudence or folly not that she keeps herself from caring. :D
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