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Written by KateL
(8/13/2003 7:33 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: but what about Elinor?, penned by Kresel
It happens all the time that children are given unofficial labels (usually with the best intentions) by their family, and it can be very hard to break out of the assigned role. I can certainly see Elinor as a quieter, more thoughtful child than her volatile little sister, and soon being known as "the serious, responsible one, such a well-behaved dependable girl". While Marianne got her mother's attention by behaving just like her, Elinor would have been praised for her maturity.
As she grew up, Elinor would have noticed her mother's lack of sense and started to fill in as confidante and advisor. Her father's early death left her, at nineteen, as the only functioning adult in the family, and she stepped up to the challenge.
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