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Written by Line
(8/24/2003 9:26 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Extra SUTH to Mrs. Dashwood, penned by KateL
] "From their counsel or their conversation she knew she could receive no assistance; their tenderness and sorrow must add to her distress, while her self-command would neither receive encouragement from their example nor from their praise. She was stronger alone..."
] But Mrs. Dashwood! how much emotional neglect does one have to inflict on a child to teach her that asking for sympathy will only make things worse and she's better off shutting you out?
... I draw the same conclusions here. If Elinor confided in her mother and sister, your quote above makes it clear that they would be full of tenderness towards her, and sorrow on her behalf. This is not the kind of emotional support she needs, but it's not exactly "emotional neglect", either!
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