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|Probably the family connection
Written by Barbara
(9/19/2009 9:43 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The use of first names, penned by CarolTS
I've always thought that them addressing Edward by his first name was through the family connection they had. When they speak of Edward to other people (like over at Barton Park), they still call him Mr. Ferrars.
In Emma, Mr. Knightley calls Emma 'Miss Woodhouse' in company, but by her first name when they are in private or less formal situations and there is a similar family connection there (siblings married to each other). She, however, doesn't want to call him 'George', even after they are engaged. I've always thought it was due to their age difference, the respect she felt for him, and because that's just how she thought of him in her heart.
One thing I noticed in this week's reading is that Edward calls Elinor "Miss Dashwood". We didn't get any of his direct speech earlier while they were at Norland, so it's not clear whether he ever used to call her by her Christian name, but it seems odd he would address her this way and not call her sister "Miss Marianne". Is this a way of keeping her at arm's length?
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