Sunday, March 2, 2008

Sense and Sensibility: chapter four

Marianne and Elinor are discussing Edward’s character. Marianne pities Edward for his lack of taste in drawing. Elinor feels that although not formally trained, he does have simplicity of taste and perfect judgment in such matters. Elinor comments that she hopes that Marianne does not consider Edward deficient of taste. Marianne replies that she considers Edward to be “everything that is worthy and amiable.” Elinor is pleased with the comment and states that since she has spent more time with Edward she believes him to have an “excellence of understanding.” He is well informed, enjoys books, and has a lively imagination. Although not considered handsome, he has a “general sweetness of countenance.” Marianne replies that she will find him handsome as soon as it is revealed that he is to be her brother. Elinor regretted the warmth of her statement as there was not understanding between herself and Edward. She does of course think highly of him and esteems him, but she knows that much is expected of him from his mother in the way of fortune or fame in marriage. He does not indulge his affections and she feels them to be no more than friendship.

Edward’s attentions to Elinor have made Fanny uncomfortable and she quickly informs her mother in law of the expectations for Edward in the way of marriage. The meaning is clear to Mrs. Henry Dashwood and upon receiving an invitation from her cousin Sir John Middleton for a cottage near his estate, Barton Park, she quickly accepts.

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