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Written by Jeffrey
(9/22/2009 11:56 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I've also been struck by Edward's personality this time, penned by JoAnn
Edward is what modern-day behavioral experts would call a "melancholy" personality. He neither gets too high or low but is quiet, steady and somewhat self-absorbed. His more subtle and less effusive description of the "country" is a counterpoint to Marianne's gushing and rapturous description of same. I found his teasing of Marianne over "who is Willoughby" on Ch 18 really cute. He obviously has great affection for all the Dashwoods and his playful provoking of Marianne, I believe, demonstrates his affection:
This, and Marianne's blushing, gave new suspicions to Edward. "And who is Willoughby?" said he, in a low voice, to Miss Dashwood, by whom he was sitting.
She gave him a brief reply. Marianne's countenance was more communicative. Edward saw enough to comprehend not only the meaning of others, but such of Marianne's expressions as had puzzled him before; and when their visitors left them, he went immediately round to her and said, in a whisper, "I have been guessing. Shall I tell you my guess?"
"What do you mean?"
"Shall I tell you?"
"Well, then, I guess that Mr. Willoughby hunts."
ZING! That showed some wit and totally threw Marianne off-base as to what sort of an answer she anticipated!
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