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|Ch17: Elinor goes fishing?
Written by Tom P2
(9/20/2009 11:06 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Edward arrives at Barton Cottage -- is something wrong?, penned by kathleen (elder)
The passage you quoted has a possible sequel in the next chapter:
"I have frequently detected myself in such kind of mistakes," said Elinor, "in a total misapprehension of character in some point or other: fancying people so much more gay or grave, or ingenious or stupid than they really are, and I can hardly tell why, or in what the deception originated. Sometimes one is guided by what they say of themselves, and very frequently by what other people say of them, without giving oneself time to deliberate and judge."
Here, Elinor seems to be putting quite an effort into steering the conversation. A shorter speech would have been enough, if she were only making small-talk. Is she aiming some subtext at Edward? Offering him a cue to explain why he's been blowing hot and cold?
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