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|Was S&S ever a novel-in-letters?
Written by Anselm
(9/24/2009 10:13 a.m.)
In this chapter, we're suddenly and minutely immersed in Elinor's reactions to this gob-smacking news she's just had from Lucy. This is obviously one of the big climaxes in the book (well, come on, the biggest one yet and we're nearly halfway through the novel - that's hardly a spoiler!!!). I can't see any way in which the information presented in this chapter could possibly not have been presented in any conceivable form of this novel. I also can't see how it could have been written in a letter. These are Elinor's inmost thoughts on a subject that, as a basic plot requirement, she's bound to keep secret from everyone, at least up to our Ch.24.
Can anyone think of an epistolatory mechanism by which the bulk of this chapter could be committed to a letter? Who would it be to? is the main question. The only possible candidates are the three who already know it: Lucy, her sister Nancy, and Edward. Elinor's hardly going to reveal her inmost feelings on this subject to Lucy. She can't write to Edward himself because she isn't engaged to him. As for Nancy - don't make me laugh!
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