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|I agree about hindsight
Written by Barb JA
(9/16/2009 8:21 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, 20/20 hindsight, penned by Karen G.
But the positive characteristics of Willoughby must have outweighed the bad in their eyes, because even Elinor said after he left
Anyway, Elinor alerts us more than once to the amazing idea, considering the openness of Marianne and Willoughby, that the family would be left to discover their engagement by accident. This to me is the first sign that something is badly amiss.
PS. I decided to go look for quotes because I knew I was paraphrasing "by accident" and it seems Elinor alerted us 3 times. Right after the offer of Queen Mab in Ch.12,
From that moment she doubted not of their being engaged to each other; and the belief of it created no other surprise, than that she, or any of their friends, should be left by tempers so frank to discover it by accident.
and again in ch. 14 right after Colonel Brandon leaves. There's actually a paragraph and a half about it, but here's just a portion.
Why they should not openly acknowledge to her mother and herself, what their constant behaviour to each other declared to have taken place, Elinor could not imagine.
Then she voices these thoughts aloud to her mother after Willoughby leaves.
So when this begins to sink in for a first time reader, I don't know. I can't remember in my own case. I think that Austen intended for us to rely on Elinor's judgement(since she seems to be the only character displaying any).
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