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|You really are not engaged?
Written by Barbara
(9/19/2006 12:29 a.m.)
Even though in Ch. 4 "Marianne was astonished to find how much the imagination of her mother and herself had outstripped the truth" and it sounds as though jumping to conclusions is one of their favourite pastimes, I'm still always a little surprised when Marianne bursts out with:
"And you really are not engaged to him!"
It's true that their mother had already started the ball rolling by telling Marianne ""In a few months, Elinor will in all probability be settled for life." and then talking about what a great brother Edward would be, etc.
We also know that Mrs. Dashwood "considered their serious attachment as certain, and looked forward to their marriage as rapidly approaching."
But do they think Elinor would get engaged to Edward and not tell them right away, or try to be evasive about it? Or did Marianne and their mother have it so settled as a fait accompli in their minds Marianne forgot (or conveniently ignored that) Elinor had not actually ever admited to being engaged yet?
Is this a sign that Marianne really doesn't know Elinor very well at all? Or does it point more towards wilful self-delusion on Marianne's and Mrs. Dashwood's part?
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