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Written by Barb JA
(10/6/2009 1:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs. Jennings and gossip, penned by LouAnn
Since my post was going to be long, I condensed the substance of the conversation in ch. 29 to "gossiping does some harm". It does seem to make light of her gossiping, though overall I do think she has a good heart.
Right after Mrs. Jennings says she hope Willoughby won't keep Marianne waiting, she asks when they will be married and Elinor replies
Part of Mrs. Jennings reply
"Indeed, ma'am," said Elinor very seriously, "you are mistaken. Indeed, you are doing a very unkind thing in spreading the report, and you will find that you have, though you will not believe me now."
You are right, that gossiping can do real harm. Having experienced an untrue rumor being spread about myself as a youngster, I don't like hearing people talk about others behind their backs.
Perhaps we should pay more attention to the gossip. In addition to Marianne, what about the fact that Mrs. Jennings talks freely of Col. Brandon's "little love child"? How many people has she told that story?. He lets it roll off his back, but I wonder if it hasn't done him some harm too.
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