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|It was kindly meant
Written by Robbin
(9/28/2009 12:12 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Edward baiting Marianne?, penned by Carol J.
I think Edward is teasing Marianne in a brotherly fashion which is his relationship to her by marriage as his sister (Fanny) is married to her brother (John). I do not think Edward is being overly familiar and his teasing is meant kindly and on a subject he believed was of no importance:
"I do not doubt it," replied he, rather astonished at her[Marianne’s] earnestness and warmth; for had he not imagined it to be a joke for the good of her acquaintance in general, founded only on a something or a nothing between Mr. Willoughby and herself, he would not have ventured to mention it. (Ch. 18)
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