Tags: Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
Elinor’s reaction to Lucy’s stunning revelation continues. Outwardly she tries to hide all signs of her disappointment or frustration or heartbreak. She goes on to think that Edward is the one that is to be pitied. He must love her but be tied down to Lucy. She thinks how awful it must be for him to be tied to such a woman. She wonders how much time they’ve spent together. She figures it wouldn’t take much for him to repent of his folly in getting engaged to such a silly, dim-witted girl. Her heart tells her that Edward must love her, does love her. She cannot think otherwise. But she knows that while she could throw a pity party for herself, that she won’t. It would almost be like pity parties are beneath her dignity. She’ll get over it, move on. She’s not going to waste away because of some man.
Elinor wants to seek out Lucy for another private conversation to learn more.
Lucy. Lucy. Lucy. Elinor puts up with her. Sees through her a bit more clearly now. Sees that Lucy must have been mighty jealous and suspicious even with her putting on such a show–a talk–that Edward has never given her one minute’s of worry because he’s so faithful, so dear. Oh Please. This act is ridiculous.
“Indeed you wrong me,” replied Lucy with great solemnity; “I know nobody of whose judgment I think so highly as I do of yours; and I do really believe that if you was to say to me, ‘I advise you by all means to put an end to your engagement with Edward Ferrars, it will be more for the happiness of both of you,’ I should resolve upon doing it immediately.”
Elinor blushed for the insincerity of Edward’s future wife. (127)
Their conversation goes on a little bit longer. But essentially Elinor’s tired of it. But Lucy likes to bring it up whenever she can.
Mrs. Jennings. The queen of gossip want Marianne and Elinor to go to London with her for the winter. Who thinks that’s a good idea? Certainly not Elinor. But Marianne is excited at the prospect of ‘accidentally’ running into Willoughby. Excited that they might run in the same crowds, same circles. I don’t know that she states it so blatantly but Elinor can certainly read her sister’s thoughts! Elinor tries to talk her way out of it, but eventually gives in and agrees to go mainly to try to keep Marianne from making a fool of herself.
They arrive in London. They meet Colonel Brandon again. Poor misguided thing is still in love with Marianne despite the fact that she is so not into him at all. He doesn’t stand the slightest chance. Elinor is quite relieved to get chummy with him again. He’s not the only person they meet. No. The Palmers are there. Shudder. Shudder. And their company must be endured as well.
In this chapter, Marianne writes Willoughby a letter. Very shocking. It may not seem like such a shocking thing to do. But it was very ‘forward’ of her to do the seeking. I don’t want to say that it’s like she’s trying to stalk him. It isn’t that awful. But she definitely should be playing hard to get. Letting him come to her. Letting him make the advances. Show the interest. If he doesn’t seek her out first, if she has to chase him down. Then it’s not a good sign. She doesn’t hear back from him. Which surprises her. She wonders if he got her letter after all.
Marianne is still moping around waiting for Willoughby to show himself. While he called and left his card once, he has not come a second time. She still hasn’t seen him. Still hasn’t heard back from him by letter. She’s getting a bit snippy. Elinor is getting worried. Worried that Willoughby has played her sister a fool. That he’s inconstant. That her sister’s reputation will suffer because of it. Colonel Brandon does come. The chat with him and Elinor being short and to the point. He asks if they are engaged–if Marianne is really engaged to Willoughby or if it is just a rumor. It seems those busiest about spreading the buzz are Mrs. Jennings. Lady Middleton. Mrs. Palmer. Elinor doesn’t know what to say. She’s afraid to tell him too much or conceal too much. She trusts him. But she doesn’t really know what’s going on in her sister’s life. She can neither confirm nor deny such an attachment.