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|GR: Engaged or not?
Written by Cheryl
(8/15/2003 4:38 p.m.)
There are a couple of incidents in this week's chapters (and there will be more in next week's) which make Elinor believe that Marianne and Willoughby are engaged: the gift of the horse ("From that moment she doubted not of their being engaged to each other"), and the gift of a lock of Marianne's hair to Willoughby ("Margaret related something to her the next day, which placed this matter in a still clearer light.").
What I have a hard time getting around is why Elinor did not talk to Marianne about it, ask her if Willoughby had proposed? I can't imagine Marianne would receive a marriage proposal and not shout it to the rooftops - that's what a person of high sensibility would do, is it not? ;-)
The fact that she has not, leads to the confusion, for her actions with him are of such an intimate nature, actions one would not engage in if one were not engaged. But, why not just ask her? They are sisters, confidants...
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