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|Reconciling a few passages
Written by Barb JA
(10/11/2009 10:03 a.m.)
And so saying, she took the screens out of her sister-in-law's hands to admire them herself as they ought to be admired.
Does hurt mean embarrassed in this case? This is all before Marianne comes over and starts hugging and crying on Elinor's shoulder. I wonder if Elinor guards her feelings to such an extent that she is bothered by anyone defending them. Anyway I think Mrs. Ferrars and Fanny both needed a SUTH.
In ch.37, when Elinor is opening Marianne's eyes to what she herself has been going through she says:
Separately, I also made note of the exchange in Ch. 35, when Edward, Lucy, Elinor, and Marianne are all together, and Marianne says to Edward
"Perhaps, Miss Marianne," cried Lucy, eager to take some revenge on her, "you think young men never stand upon engagements, if they have no mind to keep them, little as well as great."
Elinor was very angry, but Marianne seemed entirely insensible of the sting;
Then I saw a parallel in these situations, where each Marianne and Elinor are angry for their sister's sake. But Elinor did see that Lucy's comment went over Marianne's head. I wonder if it hadn't, would Elinor have given her a set down? Or would she have refrained to spare Edward's feelings? The fact that Marianne didn't get Lucy's jibe also points to Marianne's always being in the moment. She is talking about Edward here, and doesn't see anything more in Lucy's comment.
I would love to hear others' ideas on these passages
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