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|Some structural points, just before we finish...
Written by Anselm
(10/25/2009 11:49 a.m.)
There seem to be certain parallels that point to something more, although what that might be I can't for the life of me think. The two I'm thinking of are these:
Edward appears on horseback in Chapter 16 and is first mistaken for Marianne's (then) love, Willoughby. Edward again appears on horseback in Ch.48 and is mistaken for Marianne's (true) love, Colonel Brandon.
And there seem to be an inordinate number of wild and urgent rides throughout the novel. The first and third volumes see Colonel Brandon racing from Barton to London on receipt of Eliza's letter in Ch.13; Willoughby's sudden, unexplained departure from Barton for London in Ch.15; Willoughby riding in one day from London to Cleveland on hearing the news of Marianne's illness in Ch.44; another ride by Colonel Brandon from Cleveland to Barton and back to fetch Mrs Dashwood in Chs 43-45; and Edward's dash from Oxford to Barton to propose to Elinor upon hearing of Lucy's marriage to his brother in Ch.48 (as explained by him in the next chapter). To this could possibly be added Edward's seemingly urgent, if inexplicable, departure from Barton (and from Elinor) in Ch.19 - which in itself forms a parallel with Willoughby's departure from Marianne in Ch.15.
Do these patterns mean anything, and if so, what?
This being my first GR, I'm not sure if I've broken protocol by introducing a new topic so late. Please accept my apologies if I have, in which case I'll have to wait till the next S&S GR for the reponses, if any!
Your humble and obedient servant...
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