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Written by Tess
(9/26/2012 12:24 p.m.)
When the Dashwoods first leave Norland, all are understandably upset, but it is Marianne who demonstrates her feelings most openly.
In Barton, Elinor is the one who seems to miss her home the most. Marianne's "fond attachment to Norland, ... was more likely to be softened than she had thought it possible before, by the charms which [Willoughby's] society bestowed on her present home." To be fair, Elinor has no such society to distract her thoughts, so maybe the comparison is not entirely meaningful. Even so, her thoughts are strongly melancholy: she finds noone that could "teach her to think of Norland with less regret than ever" (and only Colonel Brandon is deemed worthy to even "claim the respect of abilities, excite the interest of friendship, or give pleasure as a companion".)
Then, when Edward arrives, Marianne does enthusiastically ask him about Norland, but only after Elinor indirectly brings up the subject. The dialogue goes thus:
"Have you been lately in Sussex?" said Elinor.
"I was at Norland about a month ago."
"And how does dear, dear Norland look?" cried Marianne.
"Dear, dear Norland," said Elinor, "probably looks much as it always does at this time of the year. The woods and walks thickly covered with dead leaves."
Even though her tone is light, and slightly teasing in Marianne's expense, the picture she immediately gives shows that she has given some thought to the subject of Norland, and how it might look at this time of the year.
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