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|I don't think it's that ambiguous
Written by Barbara
(9/28/2006 5:14 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Is height a beauty standard?, penned by Mary Ellen
Therefore, even if we don't want to trust the grammatical construction of the sentence, which does, indeed, point to Marianne being the taller of the two, if we agree that the 'striking' part is referring to Marianne, then the taller part is also.
Also, Marianne declares in Ch.3 that Edward's "figure is not striking". Then, in the last chapter of this section, when she sees a man approaching on horseback and hopes it's Willoughby, Elinor says "Indeed, Marianne, I think you are mistaken. It is not Willoughby. The person is not tall enough for him, and has not his air."
It turns out to be Edward, not Willoughby. This again points to tall=striking.
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