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|That seems a bit too easy
Written by Pete
(9/11/2013 7:29 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, ironic, penned by Nikki N
It might pacify the incensed personality, but it seems a bit too easy explain away uncomfortable statements and conclusions by deciding they are meant sarcastically. And of course it isn't JUST what she says at the end...it's the other things as well that convinces me that SHE felt it was a sincere apology. Believe me, I appreciate the harshness with which Morahan's Elinor dispatches Willoughby, but it's NOT like the book.
Besides, I don't follow how the example you gave suggests the same kind of sarcasm. Maybe I'm missing something, but it makes perfect sense how Austen described Mrs Ferrars' state of mind. She doesn't want to be reproached for appearing too amiable. She's set herself up as a tough minded, decisive woman and enjoys that image. She disowns and disinherits Edward. Later, she regrets it so she allows him back into her presence. But she doesn't want to do it too soon such that she'd appear too amiable.
Now if Austen had had Willoughby think how sincere he had been, I could well agree she meant it to be sarcastic. But in this case it is Austen herself summing up Will's state of mind, not Will himself.
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