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Written by CherylS
(8/22/2003 10:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR The harsh Mrs Dashwood ch 15, penned by alexl
] She accuses Elinor of lack of compassion, feelings and a multitude of other sins.
] I am disturbed by this chapter as it throws everyone into a bad light. Willoughby, Mrs Dashwood, Marrianne.
Also what was the huge deal of Elinor asking Marianne if she was engaged? After all doesn't a mother or sister have a right to know what her daughter/sister is doing, especially when comes to something life changing like an engagement?
Truly I don't understand how poor Elinor is accused of lack of compassion if she's so concerned about her sister's welfare. Is there something I'm missing with the customs of the time regarding engagements that you just shouldn't ask people or is Mrs. Dashwood just being totally unreasonable, because frankly I think she is. Much of Marianne's sadness might be averted if her mother probed a bit.
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