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Written by Barb JA
(9/23/2009 7:23 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Edward not the dud we think him to be..., penned by Jeffrey
I'm not a behavioral expert, but I am wondering it is true that he has a melancholy personality.
In ch. 3 we're told he's pleasing and gentleman like, diffident and shy, manners required intimacy to make them pleasing.
Marianne thinks he's a dud, but she also thinks a lover should have every taste coincide with her own. So maybe we should not believe her.
Elinor in Ch.4 told us he wasn't a dud.
Not until this week's chapters do we get to hear him speak for himself. He's no longer shy around the Dashwoods, so we get to see glimpses of his true personality. He seems funny and affectionate.
As to his melancholy and varying behavior during the visit, at this point in his life he has many reasons (some of them his own fault) to be depressed.
- He's waiting for his mother to make his fortune, he's dependent.
He has a pretty bleak future ahead.
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