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Written by Cheryl
(8/17/2003 9:57 a.m.)
Last week I complained about not getting to see Edward in action, as it were, at Norland. In this week's chapters, he pays a week-long visit to Barton Cottage and we get several glimpses of what might have attracted Elinor to him.
I especially like the teasing of Marianne he engages in over what she would buy in London if she were suddenly rich - books of course: "...she would buy up every copy, I believe, to prevent their falling into unworthy hands;" LOL!
And then later over his lack of knowledge and appreciation of the picturesque: "I shall call hills steep, which ought to be bold! surfaces strange and uncouth, which ought to be irregular and rugged;"
But my favorite Edward moment has been set up through previous conversations wherein Marianne has stated a need for hunters, and when he gleans some information about Willoughby.
...he went immediately round to her [Marianne] and said, in a whisper, "I have been guessing. Shall I tell you my guess?"
"What do you mean?"
"Shall I tell you?"
"Well, then, I guess that Mr. Willoughby hunts."
Marianne was surprised and confused, yet she could not help smiling at the quiet archness of his manner...
This is downright charming! Edward! Who would have guessed? ;-)
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