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Written by Barbara
(9/8/2009 1:39 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Frustrating vagueness of E-E romance, penned by Heather Leigh
He and I have been at times thrown a good deal together, while you have been wholly engrossed on the most affectionate principle by my mother. I have seen a great deal of him, have studied his sentiments and heard his opinion on subjects of literature and taste; and, upon the whole, I venture to pronounce that his mind is well-informed, his enjoyment of books exceedingly great, his imagination lively, his observation just and correct, and his taste delicate and pure.
It sounds like they have been spending a lot of time together talking about books and drawing and world events and even some more entertaining topics that would allow 'imagination' to enter into it. Elinor also speaks of his sense, his goodness, and his excellence of understanding.
But I know what you mean--it would be satisfying to see them talking, rather than just having Elinor report what they were talking about. It's hard to know why this is written this way. Sometimes this sort of thing seems to be a remnant of the epistolary form--someone reporting about things that have happened, rather than allowing us to watch it happen ourselves.
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