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|Maybe Elinor takes after her father & brother?
Written by Suzanna
(9/16/2012 7:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Elinor, penned by Stephanie
I wonder if she does take after her father, since there are a few similarities stated between her & John.
We're told that John is "a steady respectable young man" who "had not the strong feelings of the rest of the family." Perhaps he was raised to be a bit like Elinor, who "had an excellent heart... her feelings were strong; but she knew how to govern them."
Another thing that stood out to me while reading this time was that both John and Elinor are given the description of "cold-hearted" -- Austen's narration (perhaps with the influence of the strongly emotional Mrs. Dashwood & Marianne) says that John is "rather cold hearted and rather selfish" and Marianne later exclaims "Cold-hearted Elinor! Oh! worse than cold-hearted! Ashamed of being otherwise!"
So maybe a propensity to sensible practicality is a personality trait shared by Henry, John, and Elinor Dashwood. The obvious differences between John and Elinor would then be their choices of other influences on their behavior -- John listens to his narrow-minded, selfish wife, while Elinor has both her mother and Marianne to actively encourage her towards responses based on love.
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