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Written by Siobhan
(10/10/2006 7:42 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Dashwood Sisters (chapters 17 to 25) Long, penned by Robbin
However, I have always read Marianne's statement to Elinor as a deliberate barb - the kind only siblings know how to give. She hits her where it hurts. I have never believed that Marianne actually believed that Elinor really thought this. (wow that sounds complicated!)
"But I thought it was right, Elinor," said Marianne, "to be guided wholly by the opinion of other people. I thought our judgments were given us merely to be subservient to those of our neighbours. This has always been your doctrine, I am sure."
Marianne is arguing with her sister here and Elinor calmly responds.
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