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Written by Barbara
(9/25/2006 2:11 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think you put it more kindly than I had read it, penned by Rae
The fact that Lady Middleton saved Elinor from further discomfort was incidental and not at all what motivated Lady Middleton's actions. Her motive was because she disliked it when people were being 'inelegant' and when her husband and mother's raillery got out of hand.
Lady Middleton acted on behalf of her own comfort, no one else's.
Tracy quoted this line:"Most grateful did Elinor feel to Lady Middleton for observing at this moment, "that it rained very hard..." but the rest of it is important, too. "[Elinor] believed the interruption to proceed less from any attention to her, than from her ladyship's great dislike of all such inelegant subjects of raillery as delighted her husband and mother."
Further proof that Lady M. had no motivation beyond removing her own discomfort is provided, IMO, by the contrast in Colonel Brandon's actions. He, too, begins discussing the weather, but it is clearly with the goal of preserving Elinor from further discomfort on the former topic.
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