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|End of Chap 32 - a clear picture of the Miss Steeles/Elinor
Written by Cathy Allen
(10/11/2012 1:52 p.m.)
Lucy contradicts Elinor, Elinor doesn't take the bait. Lucy demeans Mrs. Dashwood's ability to mother her daughters, Mrs. Jennings deflects it. Miss Steele starts out well, but impertinently tries to force her way into Marianne's sick room! How irritating can these sisters be? And yet, Elinor remains civil. I love the last sentence: Elinor began to find this impertinence too much for her temper; but she was saved the trouble of checking it, by Lucy's sharp reprimand, which now, as on many occasions, though it did not give much sweetness to the manners of one sister, was of advantage in governing those of the other. I noticed it is so concise, yet perfectly portrays them both. Has anyone noticed other concise yet perfect passages?
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