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|Distraction; Elinor's wedge (part 2); cooler reflection in ch45
Written by Tom P2
(10/11/2009 6:44 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Elinor's forgiveness., penned by Rachel G
Reeba and Barbara have just mentioned two of the three things I wanted to add on this subject: the stress Elinor was under in the lead-up to chapter 44, and her retraction in chapter 45 of some of her indulgent thoughts regarding Mr Willoughby.
The other thing is the reappearance of 'Elinor's wedge', the division between thoughts and conduct. She used it in chapter 17 when Marianne got flippant about the 'doctrine' that "our judgments were given us merely to be subservient to those of our neighbours". It's closely related to Barbara's post Does the distinction matter. Now, Elinor applies it to Mr Willoughby too: "... You have proved your heart less wicked, much less wicked. But I hardly know -- the misery that you have inflicted -- I hardly know what could have made it worse."
Ha! Chew on that last sentence for the rest of your life, Mister Blockhead-or-Rascal!
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