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Written by Barbara
(9/18/2009 11:15 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Uh oh, did I miss something?, penned by Ivonne
Marianne and her mother did not get to know Edward as soon as Elinor did, but Elinor's relationship with him was not a full six months long. From the time their father died until they left Norland was six months. Elinor and Edward were not developing feelings for each other during the whole of that time.
Edward did not arrive the moment their father died in February. Fanny and John arrived soon after, and once they had set up their establishment, Edward came. 'Soon after his sister's establishment at Norland' could be into the month of March. Elinor did not start getting close to him the moment that he arrived. It is out of character for both of them, ("his manners required intimacy to make them pleasing.") that they would be as heavily 'into' each other as Willoughby and Marianne were. They were acquainted, but they certainly, even to themselves, would not have thought that there was a 'growing attachment' between them the day that he did get there. "When his natural shyness was overcome, his behaviour gave every indication of an open affectionate heart."---how long would this take, to overcome natural shyness to the point where there would be a 'growing attachment' between Edward and Elinor? I can't think this would happen within a day or two.
He was also not there all the time (the greatest part of his time is not every single day, in my understanding) and did not necessarily start staying at Norland on the day that they met him. He was 'introduced to their acquaintance' after John and Fanny got themselves established, but at what point did he start actually staying at Norland? To me it sounds like he came and met everyone, then not long after started to stay there a lot of the time.
So, when I said 'something like Easter until the end of August, I was conservatively estimating March until the end of August (when they left--very end of August-very early September, considering a few days of travel time).
Also, Fanny did not notice anything going on until the summer.
From Ch. 4
To me, that doesn't sound as though Edward and Elinor could have noticably been developing a relationship for six months before Fanny noticed it, warned Mrs. Dashwood, and Mrs. Dashwood make plans to leave ASAP.
And, the point is that I was comparing the relative length of time of the 'relationship' between Elinor and Edward, vs. Marianne and Willoughby. Marianne and Willoughby had a 'relationship' going after one day. They did have a 'growing attachment' going almost from the moment they met.
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