Well, yes, but...
Posted by Lynn on October 29, 1997 at 14:52:35:
In response to What about good old Edward!, written by Rita on October 29, 1997 at 00:46:38
] I wish Elinor had been paired with Brandon, Edward is not a cad but the fact remains that he indulges in fair amount of courting- even as he was spoken for.
I don't have the book in front of me, but I think he does try to tell her, and I think he does think that he's the only one affected by their friendship. I think he is modest enough to think that Elinor could not possibly love him, so his was the only heart affected.
He's no where near as bad as Rochester in Jane Eyre, almost committing bigamy, and still we find a way to love him, despite his faults.
No, Edward is not a strong man necessarily, but a weaker man would have broken his engagement to Lucy to keep the money. Edward kept the engagement, despite losing the money and being disowned by his mother and family, because it was the right thing to do. He didn't love Lucy, but he still did what was right -- he kept Lucy from being left with a broken engagement, and all the shame that would have involved. It takes a strong man to do that.
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