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Written by kathleen (elder)
(9/29/2009 6:19 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Willoughby and Edward, penned by Barbara
Edward was not obviously courting Elinor in the way Willoughby courted Marianne, but Elinor & her family considered him sincerely attached to her. It wasn't just a fancy, either, in the way someone like Mrs Jennings might assume any single man must be falling in love w/ a pretty, unattached young woman. And whether Edward intended for Elinor to fall in love with him or not, she did -- and she wouldn't have done so, she wouldn't have allowed her warm feelings to grow into love IF she had known he was already engaged.
Edward's only defense, imo, is that he is ignorant: he didn't know that Elinor loved him. But that doesn't excuse his behaviour at Norland, especially once he realized that he was falling in love with Elinor.
Right now, Elinor's situation isn't as awful as Marianne's, but that's primarily because (a) Edward's engagement isn't public, (b) Edward wasn't as public in his affection for Elinor (and vice versa), and (c) Elinor is not as much of a drama queen as her sister. Elinor forgives Edward too quickly, imo.
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