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|Edward the Silent
Written by Ashley B
(9/19/2006 1:26 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "Things are seldom what they seem, ..., penned by CarolB
I think Edward's silence is required for this brilliant "he loves me! he loves me not" to work, and when Edward does finally turn hastily and speak, it's perhaps another "he loves me!" petal that only increases the uncertainty for everyone...
Notice how we learn of Edward's "regard" for Elinor (the italics are mine) -
JA has Mrs. Dashwood build the suspense, starting in Ch 3:
Even Fanny notices
JA uses the women's feelings, assumptions, & wishes to suggest and build up Edward's side of the relationship; never is there any direct evidence or declaration from Edward himself. We see the crescendo of feelings (of Mrs. Dashwood & Marianne) right up to the "Esteem him! Like him!" exchange in Ch 4.
Elinor requires more than a feeling to convince her:
The closest to evidence we get is Elinorís observation of Edward, and her interpretation of his feelings:
With Elinor's uncertainty, JA puts the reader on her guard, as well, about the possibility of an Edward/Elinor relationship.
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