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|Edward doesn't seem to have openly courted Elinor
Written by Tracy W
(10/10/2006 5:23 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sporting with affections, penned by Barbara
We don't see much of Edward and Elinor's interactions at Norland, but they do not seem to be extravagant proofs of affection. Mrs Dashwood thinks his behaviour to be quiet, and Elinor is doubtful about what his intentions are towards her:
Meanwhile Willoughby calls Marianne by her Christian name, offers her the gift of a horse, etc.
Edward appears to have engaged the affection of Elinor by intelligent conversation, the expression of his eyes and the sweetness of his countenance - not by any planned or particular attentions. Perhaps he should have stayed away from Norland the moment he started caring for Elinor, but that's a vastly different mistake from Willoughby's undoubted series of attentions to Marianne.
So I think that's the difference. Edward's actions were not the same as Willoughby's for a wide range of intents and purposes.
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