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Written by Barbara
(8/26/2003 3:24 a.m.)
Here are some that I noticed:
--Willoughby, according to Margaret, begged Marianne for a lock of her hair, cut it off himself, kissed it and put it in his pocketbook. This, to Margaret, is evidence that " they will be married very soon".
Edward, too, has a lock of hair, and now we learn that it's Lucy's. This is brought up by Lucy as 'proof' of their attachment. The difference is that Lucy gave Edward the hair herself, set in a ring. She wants him to wear, openly, this proof or their connection.
--Lucy has a letter that Edward wrote to her, and despite her inclination to distrust Lucy and the other proof she has had, Elinor "could doubt no longer" that their engagement is real when she sees this. The letter = proof of engagement.
Then in London, Marianne is writing to Willoughby. Elinor suspects and watches her carefully to see if it is really happening. She concludes, on the strength of these letters that "they must be engaged". Colonel Brandon, too, draws the same conclusion at the end of Ch. 27 when he sees the letter in Marianne's handwriting addressed to Willoughby.
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