Elinor and Edward
Posted by Ann on December 16, 1997 at 01:00:29:
In response to Balance in matrimony, written by Zoe on December 07, 1997 at 05:19:17
] But I am not so sure I agree that JA "criticized the lack of passion in the relationship" between Edward and Elinor. Would you expand on that? I have never gotten the impression that there was any lack of passion there, and I have always had the impression that JA approved the match in all ways. In light of the comments on balance, this last point is rather interesting, as Edward and Elinor married on a rather small income--though they did pay attention to the economics of the situation in waiting till they were certain of being able to live before they actually took their vows.
Sorry that it's been over a week since I responded. S&S is far from my favorite Austen and my mind didn't want to think about it.
I think perhaps Austen did allow that there was sufficient emotion in the match--after all, I think she set up the situation for marital happiness, and she only did that when the situation was right. But I do believe that she criticized Elinor for been so reserved about showing her feelings. At Norland Edward was left to believe that Elinor did not care for him:
I was simple enough to think that, because my faith was plighted to another, there could be no danger in my being with you....and the arguments with which I reconciled myself to the expendiency of [remaining too long at Norland] were no better than these:--The danger is my own; I am doing no injury to anybody but myself."
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