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Written by Cheryl
(8/14/2003 7:43 p.m.)
I'm really feeling Elinor's intellectual isolation this read. We've talked about how she is the grownup, the caregiver in her family, and though she has a good relationship with her family, I can see that she might be frustrated talking with Marianne on a higher intellectual level, one of give and take. Marianne is so set in her "sensibility" viewpoint, that she cannot admit others.
This line brought out to me what drives her friendship with Col. Brandon:
"In Colonel Brandon alone, of all her new acquaintance, did Elinor find a person who could in any degree claim the respect of abilities, excite the interest of friendship, or give pleasure as a companion."
She is certainly not going to have much rational conversation with Sir John, Lady Middleton or Mrs. Jennings - or Willoughby, for he is too wrought up in Marianne. How she must be missing the reasoned discourse she enjoyed with Edward, and how pleased I am that she is able to develope a friendship with Col. Brandon. But she does seem to me to be very lonely at times...
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