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|Difference of intent
Written by Jennifer Ellen
(9/21/2006 11:00 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Marianne's response, penned by Amanda McG
Where Marianne imagines all the world to have her feelings, she imagines how she would feel and act in a situation, and believes others would too. We know that a Marianne in love feels herself promised to the one she loves. So, believing Elinor to be in love, she cannot imagine that Elinor would be uncertain of her own future bliss. Marianne is, in the quoted passage, offering her sister support and encouragement in what she believes to be Elinor's iminent engagement.
Mrs. Jennings, on the other hand, draws conclusions from a desire to have something to talk about and to plan. She is not, like Marianne, painting people's actions and desires in light of what her own would be, but rather, she is colouring people's behaviours and actions to create the most exciting and dramatic story possible. Mrs. Jennings is, if a kind hearted person, also a terrible gossip. She likes to make guesses about situations, create romances, and tease people for the sake of her own entertainment.
So, while they are both quick to presume and to draw conclusions, there is little that is similar in the hows and whys of their assumptions.
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