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Written by joe m
(9/2/2003 10:47 a.m.)
"I am sorry we cannot see your sister, Miss Dashwood," said Miss Steele. "I am sorry she is not well;" for Marianne had left the room on their arrival.
"You are very good. My sister will be equally sorry to miss the pleasure of seeing you; but she has been very much plagued lately with nervous headaches, which make her unfit for company or conversation."
"Oh, dear, that is a great pity! but such old friends as Lucy and me! -- I think she might see us ; and I am sure we would not speak a word."
(Such old friends. Marianne spent how much time in their company? And was how cordial towards them?) (-;
Elinor, with great civility, declined the proposal. "Her sister was perhaps laid down upon the bed, or in her dressing gown, and therefore not able to come to them."
"Oh, if that's all," cried Miss Steele, "we can just as well go and see her ."
Elinor began to find this impertinence too much for her temper; [snip]
With the great command we've seen Elinor using over her feelings, it takes a great deal to try her patience. Yet Nancy, by combining her lack of education, gross ignorance and excessive stupidity, is able to do just that.
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