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|GR: Elinor's anger
Written by Cheryl
(8/20/2003 3:28 p.m.)
Ch. 16: "His coldness and reserve mortified her severely: she was vexed and half angry;
And in Ch 19: "Disappointed, however, and vexed as she was, and sometimes displeased with his uncertain behaviour to herself..."
I also got a chuckle out of Elinor's rationalization for his departure. She attributes it to the demands of his mother and is all sympathy. But earlier, when Mrs Dashwood suggested that Willoughby abruptly left due to the demands of Mrs Smith, Elinor wasn't willing to accept that, for why did he not just say so if that was the case? Well, why does Edward just not say it's his mother's fault he's leaving? But
"... she was very well disposed on the whole to regard his actions with all the candid allowances and generous qualifications, which had been rather more painfully extorted from her, for Willoughby's service, by her mother."
LOL! We have this vision of Elinor being an emotionanless, practical, almost too-good-to-be-true person, that it is a treat to have her behave inconsistantly and all too humanly. ;-)
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