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Written by BarbaraB
(8/17/2003 12:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Liking Edward, penned by Cheryl
] 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.
Yes, Edwards personality comes shining through.
] 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;"
Remember back in Chapter 3 when Marianne says: "And besides all this, I am afraid, Mama, he has no real taste. Music scarcely to attracts him, and though he admires Elinor's drawings very much, it is not the admiration of a person who can understand their worth." It's as though he suspects Mariannes's opinions of him and the way he neatly turns this around to laugh at himself is pretty clever.
] 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...
Marianne also said: "His eyes want all that spirit, that fire, which at once announce virtue and intelligence." I don't doubt that his eyes hold a glimmer of mischive and if not a fire, definitely some sparks. LOL. I can see that Marianne would be quite surprised but pleasantly so I hope.
] This is downright charming! Edward! Who would have guessed? ;-)
Indeed, who would have thunk it? ;-)
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