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Written by Line
(8/14/2003 11:26 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, for and against, penned by Kate Samson
] While I agree with you Barbara that everything Marianne does certainly sets Mrs Jennings up for the next few chapters' jokes and raillery, her _intent_ certainly was not to do so. I think in the instances Jeanne indicated, it was not so much a lack of resolution to keep her feelings to herself, but a result of the lack of practice - she just didn't know how, and perhaps thought herself subtle. And Elinor should at least be glad of that sisterly concern.
Yes, Marianne's *intentions* are not in question. She leaps to Eleanor's defense out of instinctive loyalty and concern for her sister's feelings. As it happens, her *method* makes things worse, but at least she cares!
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