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|Focus wrap-up: Fun for Elinor: the long drought and the farce
Written by Tom P2
(10/22/2006 7:28 p.m.)
Both those sources of enjoyment then vanished. Edward left, and Lucy's disclosure took away Elinor's prospect of enjoying his company the same way in future. Marianne became too pitiable to be a fair target. This was the beginning of a long drought.
There was relief after the farcical misunderstanding with Mrs Jennings in chapters 39 and 40: The deception could not continue after this; and an explanation immediately took place, by which both gained considerable amusement for the moment, ...
Elinor seems able to get properly immersed in an enjoyable moment, even when beset by ongoing cares. This is just as well because, as befits a heroine, she's decidedly beset. There's the recent loss of her father, with the descent into relative poverty and the upheaval of moving, followed by anxieties over Marianne, Edward, and Colonel Brandon, and spite from Lucy.
In the end, though, she's beset by nothing worse than the wish for better pasturage for the cows :-) , and Edward has regular cheefulness of spirits. That promises plenty of fun, even though Marianne no longer invites mockery.
That's all for my focus, then. To quote chapter 47 out of context, Thomas's intelligence seemed over.
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