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|Elinor 's observations & Mrs Dashwood.
Written by Mandy N
(9/29/2006 11:30 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs. D’s last straw—Elinor’s doubt, penned by Robbin
All interesting posts... The sudden departure triggered a real disturbance among the Dashwood ladies.
As I see it, both Mrs Dashwood and Elinor are devestated by Willoughby's sudden departure. Mrs Dashwood is nearly overcome and Elinor suspicious and greatly disturbed by Willoughby's change of behaviour, nor can she understand his sudden departure giving no real reason.
Elinor appears to be an acute observor, evidence matters.
I also agree Mrs Dashwood was harsh with Elinor. My impression is after her list of disappointments she is clinging to a straw, a vestige of hope that Marieanne and Willoughby are engaged. She is not greedy and wants her daughters to marry for love. Willoughby gave the Dashwood ladies more attention and apparent affection than say, John Dashwood.
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