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|Elinor teases Marianne
Written by nan duval
(9/8/2009 8:34 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chapter 1: The Dashwood Sisters, penned by kathleen (elder)
about her sensibility & the formulaic aspect of her behavior. In Chapter 4, after Marianne has accused Edward of having "no taste for drawing", & Elinor has explained her observations of his responses to drawing, she adds "I hope, Marianne, you do not consider him as deficient in general taste. Indeed, I think I may say that you cannot, for your behaviour to him is perfectly cordial, and if that were your opinion, I am sure you could never be civil to him."
After Marianne admits that she doesn't know Edward that well & that she finds him "everything that is worthy & amiable."
In chapter 8, when Marianne is deploring flannel waistcoats, Elinor interjects, "Had he been only in a violent fever, you would not have despised him half so much. Confess, Marianne, is not there something interesting to you in the flushed cheek, hollow eye and quick pulse of a fever?"
I think Elinor understands the requirements of Marianne's sensibility & finds some humor in its very predictability.
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