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Written by Barbara
(10/9/2006 3:34 p.m.)
One thing that always, always baffles me in this part of the book is that while Elinor is (justifiably) concerned that Marianne is trying to acquit Willoughby by any possible method, does it not seem that she is doing the same for Edward? She is worried that Willoughby is "so unprincipled as to have been sporting with the affections of her sister from the first, without any design that would bear investigation." How can she not think Edward was not doing the same thing?
Yes, Lucy is unworthy of him and will make him miserable, but they were engaged and he was not free to be engaging the affection of anyone else. No, Edward didn't write Elinor a horrible and insulting letter, but these Willoughby's words from letter:
--would they not be as true for Edward? He did feel and mean more for Elinor, but he shouldn't have. Elinor feels certain that Edward loves and prefers her, but really, she has no more reason to do so than Marianne has re: Willoughby at this point.
Does this passage from Ch. 29 make it clearer or harder to understand?
"In her earnest meditations on the contents of the letter, on the depravity of that mind which could dictate it, and, probably, on the very different mind of a very different person, who had no other connection whatever with the affair than what her heart gave him with everything that passed..."
Is she acquitting Edward because she believes he could never be so cruel as Willoughby has been in the letter, even though his actions were--for all intents and purposes--the same?
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