Sense and Sensibility

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Marianne Dashwood Character Analysis

While Elinor exemplifies sense, Marianne epitomizes sensibility. The middle Dashwood sister, she is romantic, emotional, and sentimental. She often lacks the restraint, prudence, and politeness of her older sister Elinor. She falls in love easily and quickly with Willoughby and, when he abandons her, she does not even try to restrain or moderate her sadness. She bursts into tears numerous times, whether in the privacy of her room or in public. In the end, Marianne has to temper her sensibility with some good sense. She abandons her childish, idealistic notions of love at first sight and allows herself to gradually develop affections for Colonel Brandon, who she ends up loving dearly and marries happily.

Marianne Dashwood Quotes in Sense and Sensibility

The Sense and Sensibility quotes below are all either spoken by Marianne Dashwood or refer to Marianne Dashwood. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 1 Quotes

Marianne’s abilities were, in many respects, quite equal to Elinor’s. She was sensible and clever; but eager in every thing: her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation. she was generous, amiable, interesting: she was everything but prudent. The resemblance between her and her mother was strikingly great.

Related Characters: Elinor Dashwood, Marianne Dashwood
Page Number: 8
Explanation and Analysis:

After describing Elinor at length, the narrator turns to her sister Marianne. While Elinor had been described in terms of her prudence, and in terms of how different she is from her mother, here Marianne's similarities with her mother are emphasized. The narrator has seemed somewhat disapproving of Mrs. Dashwood's character, but Marianne is depicted more generously. It is not that she is less capable than her sister, or less able to know how to act reasonably - she is instead simply incapable of acting according to that knowledge. Although the adjectives used to describe Marianne are largely positive, the narrator emphasizes that Marianne is unable to be moderate in any of these elements.

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Chapter 3 Quotes

His eyes want all that spirit, that fire, which at once announce virtue and intelligence. And besides all this, I am afraid, mamma, he has no real taste. Music seems scarcely to attract him, and though he admires Elinor’s drawings very much, it is not the admiration of a person who can understand their worth.

Related Characters: Marianne Dashwood (speaker), Mrs. Dashwood, Elinor Dashwood, Edward Ferrars
Page Number: 19
Explanation and Analysis:

While Mrs. Dashwood is perfectly happy with the relationship between Elinor and Edward Ferrars, Marianne does not feel the same way. In this passage, she judges Edward according to her own hierarchy of taste and merit, and finds him deeply wanting. Marianne highly values knowledge of art and music, which she finds both inherently beautiful as well as telling in terms of the ability of a person to feel deeply and to appreciate beauty around him or her. For Marianne, though, it is not even enough for someone to be able to admire artistic ability in another, if he cannot espouse it himself.

The way Marianne describes Edward is nonetheless vague, from the "spirit" or "fire" that she would like to see in his eyes to the "taste" that she associates with music and art. Marianne clearly holds an ideal of sensibility, but it is not entirely clear what Edward would need to do to prove that he is capable of true feeling, apart from the relatively superficial signs that she mentions to her mother.

Chapter 4 Quotes

You know enough of him to do justice to his solid worth. But of his minuter propensities as you call them you have from peculiar circumstances been kept more ignorant than myself. He and I have been at times thrown a good deal together, while you have been engrossed on the most affectionate principle by my mother. I have seen a great deal of him, have studied his sentiments and heard his opinion on subjects of literature and taste; and, upon the whole, I venture to pronounce that his mind is well-informed, his enjoyment of books exceedingly great, his imagination lively, his observation just and correct, and his taste delicate and pure. . . . At present, I know him so well, that I think him really handsome; or, at least, almost so.

Related Characters: Elinor Dashwood (speaker), Mrs. Dashwood, Marianne Dashwood, Edward Ferrars
Page Number: 22
Explanation and Analysis:

Elinor's relationship with Edward Ferrars has progressed to such a point that she can reasonably expect that he will extend an offer of marriage to her. However, at this point nothing is yet certain or official. As she talks with Marianne about the pros and cons of marrying Edward, Elinor is wary of plunging headlong into the possibility of a new life with him. She prefers to remain at a slight distance from the situation, carefully considering why she believes she would be making the right decision in marrying him.

Elinor's balanced, cool judgments will of course be shocking to Marianne, but they also strike a typical reader, versed in the expectations of romance in love and marriage, as surprising in the apparent lack of feeling. It seems that Elinor is not at all implicated in the life of the man she describes, instead attempting to cast impartial judgment on his abilities and worth. However, we have been told from the beginning of the book that just because Elinor is able to remain dispassionate does not mean that she lacks feeling, but instead that she is able to direct and manage it. This passage is almost a caricature of "sense" as a character trait, and yet we are meant not to recoil from Elinor's judgments but to seek to understand her embrace of sense over feeling.

Chapter 10 Quotes

Their taste was strikingly alike. The same books, the same passages were idolized by each—or if any difference appeared, any objection arose, it lasted no longer than till the force of her arguments and the brightness of her eyes could be displayed. He acquiesced in all her decisions, caught all her enthusiasm; and long before his visit concluded, they conversed with the familiarity of a long-established acquaintance.

Related Characters: Marianne Dashwood, John Willoughby
Page Number: 49
Explanation and Analysis:

Marianne has been shown to be dissatisfied and impatient with the way Elinor has acted regarding Edward Ferrars, and with the sensible judgments on their compatibility or lack thereof that define how Elinor understands her relationships. Marianne's interactions with Willoughby could not be more different. Here, finally, she has the chance to measure what "taste" might mean in another; it turns out that sharing the same taste - books and passages "idolized," for instance - is, for Marianne, a sign of shared sensibility and thus of complete compatibility. She takes the fact that they feel the same way about such things to be indicative of strength of character, not simply of shared interests. Marianne holds the deeply romantic view of shared souls, believing in signs that two people can be meant for each other if they share certain feelings. She is so strident in this belief that she breaks with social custom in getting to know Willoughby much more quickly than is usually the case.

Chapter 11 Quotes

Elinor could not be surprised at their attachment. She only wished that it were less openly shewn; and once or twice did venture to suggest the propriety of some self-command to Marianne. But Marianne abhorred all concealment where no real disgrace could attend unreserve; and to aim at the restraint of sentiments which were not in themselves illaudable, appeared to her not merely an unnecessary effort, but a disgraceful subjection of reason to common-place and mistaken notions. Willoughby thought the same; and their behaviour at all times, was an illustration of their opinions.

Related Characters: Elinor Dashwood, Marianne Dashwood, John Willoughby
Page Number: 54
Explanation and Analysis:

Elinor might prefer for Marianne to be in love with Colonel Brandon, who adores her and for whom Elinor feels great compassion, since he has loved and lost before. Still, she is not one to judge Marianne's choice of suitor - she disapproves only of the way in which Marianne chooses to carry out this courtship. Here, the narrator makes another distinction between the characters of Marianne and Elinor, one that can be mapped onto the difference between sense and sensibility. For Marianne, attempting to conceal one's feelings for another person, or even one's beliefs in general, is dishonest and disingenuous. If there is nothing wrong with how she feels about Willoughby, as she believes (and he does he as well), then there is no reason for her to hide how she feels about him.

Elinor, however, believes that such openness is not a positive trait in any circumstances, even if the reasons are justifiable. Since she can never know what might happen next or where things may go wrong, it is better, she finds, not to share everything with the world. Marriage, in particular, is such a bedrock of society and such an important means of stability for women that she considers it better to be prudent rather than to expose one's feelings immediately.

Chapter 16 Quotes

Marianne would have thought herself very inexcusable had she been able to sleep at all the first night after parting from Willoughby. She would have been ashamed to look her family in the face the next morning, had she not risen from her bed in more need of repose than when she lay down in it. But the feelings which made such composure a disgrace, left her in no danger of incurring it. She was awake the whole night, and she wept the greatest part of it. She got up with a headache, was unable to talk, and unwilling to take any nourishment; giving pain every moment to her mother and sisters, and forbidding all attempt at consolation from either. Her sensibility was potent enough!

Related Characters: Marianne Dashwood, John Willoughby
Page Number: 83
Explanation and Analysis:

The rest of the family is still not sure exactly what happened between Marianne and Willoughby, but it is certain that Marianne is desperately unhappy. We have already seen how important Marianne has felt it to be not to hide any of her true feelings - how she has considered this unpleasantly dishonest. At the very least, Marianne is consistent in her beliefs about character: now that her true feelings are no longer joy but despair, she similarly cannot imagine failing to reveal these sentiments around others. It is not just that Marianne is really physically suffering from her emotional unhappiness: as it seeps into every part of her daily life, she finds it necessary to ensure that her family recognizes how she is feeling.

The narrator does not parody or caricature Marianne's feelings or the way she shows them, but we are meant to look skeptically on her obvious displays of despair. Rather than critiquing sensibility entirely, this passage suggests that it is the exaggerated exhibition of sensibility that is to be smiled at, if not totally dismissed.

Chapter 19 Quotes

Elinor sat down to her drawing-table as soon as he was out of the house, busily employed herself the whole day, neither sought nor avoided the mention of his name, appeared to interest herself almost as much as ever in the general concerns of the family, and if, by this conduct, she did not lessen her own grief, it was at least prevented from unnecessary increase, and her mother and sisters were spared much solicitude on her account. Such behaviour as this, so exactly the reverse of her own, appeared no more meritorious to Marianne, than her own had seemed faulty to her. The business of self-command she settled very easily;—with strong affections it was impossible, with calm ones it could have no merit.

Related Characters: Elinor Dashwood, Marianne Dashwood
Page Number: 102
Explanation and Analysis:

This passage stands in sharp contrast to the way in which Marianne was depicted following her own final conversation with Willoughby and her own lover's departure. We know from this passage that Elinor is just as upset by the events as Marianne had been in her own case: she cannot "lessen her own grief" even as she tries to distract herself and involve herself in her family's affairs. At the same time, we see how Marianne mistakenly judges Elinor's actions based on her own understanding of the relationship between feelings and action. For Marianne, if one does not display grief or despair, it must be that those feelings do not exist - it must be, therefore, that Elinor never truly felt anything for Edward. Distanced from the interactions of the characters, we as readers are meant to grasp just how wrong Marianne is, even as we understand her mistake and may even find Elinor's behavior confusing ourselves.

Chapter 20 Quotes

Elinor was again obliged to decline her invitation; and by changing the subject, put a stop to her entreaties. She thought it probable that as they lived in the same county, Mrs. Palmer might be able to give some more particular account of Willoughby's general character, than could be gathered from the Middletons' partial acquaintance with him; and she was eager to gain from any one, such a confirmation of his merits as might remove the possibility of fear from Marianne.

Related Characters: Elinor Dashwood, Marianne Dashwood, John Willoughby, Charlotte Palmer
Page Number: 110-111
Explanation and Analysis:

Elinor has taken it upon herself to arrange her and her sisters' social affairs and invitations, since Marianne is too distraught over Willoughby and their mother is too flighty to be of much help. Here, she thinks strategically about which invitations to accept and which to avoid, as well as whom she might be in touch with in order to gain greater knowledge about Willoughby for Marianne's sake. In a society where friends might not see each other for weeks or months, and news traveled more slowly than it does today, people - especially women, who were less free to travel around alone - had to plan at greater length how to find out what they wished to know about people's characters and past lives.

Indeed, Elinor, while troubled by Marianne's feelings, takes the more pragmatic approach of attempting to figure out exactly what kind of a man Willoughby is, rather than of simply waiting for him as Marianne seems to be doing. Although Marianne might scorn Elinor's attitude towards romantic relationships, she remains unaware that her sister's practical, sensible mindset may well work in her favor.

Chapter 28 Quotes

At that moment she first perceived him, and her whole countenance glowing with sudden delight, she would have moved towards him instantly, had not her sister caught hold of her.
"Good heavens!" she exclaimed, "he is there—he is there—Oh! why does he not look at me? why cannot I speak to him?"
"Pray, pray be composed," cried Elinor, "and do not betray what you feel to every body present. Perhaps he has not observed you yet."
This however was more than she could believe herself; and to be composed at
such a moment was not only beyond the reach of Marianne, it was beyond her wish. She sat in an agony of impatience which affected every feature.

Related Characters: Elinor Dashwood (speaker), Marianne Dashwood (speaker), John Willoughby
Page Number: 167
Explanation and Analysis:

Marianne and Elinor have arrived at Lady Middleton's party, and Marianne has caught a glimpse of Willoughby from the other side of the room. Even though Willoughby has failed to return Marianne's messages and to get in touch with her while the sisters are in London, Marianne doesn't think anything might be amiss, and is absolutely delighted to see him. Elinor, on the other hand, is more skeptical. Even if she believed that everything was ideal between Marianne and Willoughby, she would still believe it better for Marianne to reign in her emotions and to "keep composed," as she says, if only so as not to share everything she feels with everyone in the room.

It is even more important, in Elinor's eyes, that Marianne act with greater reserve, since Elinor is thinking more rationally regarding the couple's relationship, and is wary of what Willoughby's present situation might actually be. Once again, the book emphasizes that Marianne's embrace of sensibility is not simply because she has no ability to restrain herself, but because she believes earnestness or openness to be a positive good, such that she sees no reason to change her actions.

Marianne, now looking dreadfully white, and unable to stand, sunk into her chair, and Elinor, expecting every moment to see her faint, tried to screen her from the observation of others, while reviving her with lavender water.

Related Characters: Elinor Dashwood, Marianne Dashwood
Page Number: 168
Explanation and Analysis:

Willoughby has done all that he could to avoid Marianne, and finally speaks to her coldly: she is absolutely shocked and hurt. Immediately, Elinor steps into disaster mode. She knows that Marianne is not only stricken with grief, but will not be able to hide anything that she is feeling, and if she cannot help her sister to "revive," then the entire party will soon know or guess just what has happened between Marianne and Willoughby. While Marianne is so sensitive that she can only deal with her own feelings, Elinor is well aware of how serious it would be for all of London's social scene to know about their private lives. As young women who are relatively vulnerable, lacking fortune or even paternal care, the two sisters cannot afford to have society scorn them, and Elinor wants to avoid this at all costs.

Chapter 29 Quotes

Elinor could no longer witness this torrent of unresisted grief in silence.
"Exert yourself, dear Marianne," she cried, "if you would not kill yourself and all who love you. Think of your mother; think of her misery while YOU suffer: for her sake you must exert yourself."
"I cannot, I cannot," cried Marianne; "leave me, leave me, if I distress you; leave me, hate me, forget me! but do not torture me so. Oh! how easy for those, who have no sorrow of their own to talk of exertion!”

Related Characters: Elinor Dashwood (speaker), Marianne Dashwood (speaker)
Page Number: 176
Explanation and Analysis:

Elinor and Marianne have read a letter from Willoughby to Marianne, which has claimed that he never meant to imply that his feelings for her were greater than friendship. Both the sisters are shocked by this evidently disingenuous letter. However, Marianne immediately returns to spasms of grief, unable to restrain herself, as usual. Elinor once again takes on the voice of reason. Here she asks Marianne to think of others, not simply of herself, in order to perhaps be better able to regain control over her own emotions.

As readers, privy to more knowledge than certain characters, we can well understand how stinging Marianne's response must be for Elinor. Marianne assumes that Elinor has never felt the same way for anyone, so she cannot possibly understand what Marianne is going through. Of course, Elinor knows almost exactly how Marianne feels, and it is almost more hurtful to have those feelings denied legitimacy by someone who assigns only coldness and lack of feelings to Elinor. Still, of course, it has been Elinor's choice to keep everything hidden regarding her emotions, so Marianne cannot be entirely faulted for assuming a consistency between her sister's feelings and behavior.

Chapter 35 Quotes

I am very sure that conscience only kept Edward from Harley Street. And I really believe he has the most delicate conscience in the world; the most scrupulous in performing every engagement, however minute, and however it may make against his interest or pleasure. He is the most fearful of giving pain, of wounding expectation, and the most incapable of being selfish, of any body I ever saw.

Related Characters: Marianne Dashwood (speaker), Edward Ferrars
Page Number: 229
Explanation and Analysis:

Elinor finds herself in an incredibly awkward situation: Lucy, Edward, and she are all in the same room, when Marianne - who is entirely unaware of Lucy's secret engagement with Edward, of course - walks in. This is a classic case of Marianne's sensibility prevailing over any sense of social decorum or subtlety. Even though she was never greatly in favor of Edward as Elinor's suitor, she continues to hint at Edward's feelings for Elinor, and lavishes praise on Edward as she does so. It is even more ironic that she keeps stressing Edward's inability to hurt another human being or to be selfish, as he has certainly hurt Elinor deeply - though, of course, Marianne has no idea of this. Elinor, however, also must learn the difficult lesson that being selfless and subtle can often complicate things more than ease them.

Chapter 37 Quotes

"If such is your way of thinking," said Marianne, "if the loss of what is most valued is so easily to be made up by something else, your resolution, your self-command, are, perhaps, a little less to be wondered at.—They are brought more within my comprehension."
"I understand you.—You do not suppose that I have ever felt much.—For four months, Marianne, I have had all this hanging on my mind, without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature; knowing that it would make you and my mother most unhappy whenever it were explained to you, yet unable to prepare you for it in the least.”

Related Characters: Elinor Dashwood (speaker), Marianne Dashwood (speaker)
Page Number: 247
Explanation and Analysis:

The news of Edward's engagement has become public, which gives Elinor the opportunity to speak of what she had been forced for so long to keep secret. Initially, Marianne is simply surprised that Elinor didn't share such a secret with her, but she continues to believe that Elinor's calm and composure is merely a sign that Elinor never cared much for Edward to begin with. The "loss" of Edward cannot, she imagine, be a great one for her sister.

For the first time, however, Elinor begins to disabuse Marianne of such a notion. She explains that it has been deeply difficult to have had to keep such a secret for so long, unable to share some of the burden with anyone. As she prepares to make Marianne understand that she, too, feels and suffers just as keenly as someone who shows it more, Elinor too must learn to adopt a bit of sensibility into her more rational nature. Only by exposing some of what she truly feels will Marianne ever understand that Elinor is not the cold-hearted woman she thought she was.

Chapter 42 Quotes

Marianne entered the house with a heart swelling with emotion from the consciousness of being only eighty miles from Barton, and not thirty from Combe Magna; and before she had been five minutes within its walls, while the others were busily helping Charlotte to show her child to the housekeeper, she quitted it again, stealing away through the winding shrubberies, now just beginning to be in beauty, to gain a distant eminence; where, from its Grecian temple, her eye, wandering over a wide tract of country to the south-east, could fondly rest on the farthest ridge of hills in the horizon, and fancy that from their summits Combe Magna might be seen.
In such moments of precious, invaluable misery, she rejoiced in tears of agony to be at Cleveland; and as she returned by a different circuit to the house, feeling all the happy privilege of country liberty, of wandering from place to place in free and luxurious solitude, she resolved to spend almost every hour of every day while she remained with the Palmers, in the indulgence of such solitary rambles.

Related Characters: Marianne Dashwood, Charlotte Palmer
Page Number: 283-284
Explanation and Analysis:

Marianne and Elinor have left London to arrive at Cleveland, which for Marianne is symbolically significant because of how close the estate lies both to her family's home and to Willoughby's own estate. The way Marianne acts toward this house almost personifies it: she treats it as possessing the same levels of charm and attraction as a person. Marianne is enraptured by beautiful landscapes and impressive vistas, and she is perfectly happy to wander in solitude, enjoying the emotional fullness of being in the country. Her embrace of country life is reminiscent of the Romantic poets that she so loves to read and recite: she seeks in these landscapes the kind of sensibility that she often finds too lacking in real life, even if that same strength of emotion has prompted great pain for her already.

Chapter 45 Quotes

Willoughby, he, whom only half an hour ago she had abhorred as the most worthless of men, Willoughby, in spite of all his faults, excited a degree of commiseration for the sufferings produced by them, which made her think of him as now separated for ever from her family, with a tenderness, a regret, rather in proportion, as she soon acknowledged within herself—to his wishes than to his merits. She felt that his influence over her mind was heightened by circumstances which ought not in reason to have weight; by that person of uncommon attraction, that open, affectionate, and lively manner which it was no merit to possess; and by that still ardent love for Marianne, which it was not even innocent to indulge.

Related Characters: Elinor Dashwood, Marianne Dashwood, John Willoughby
Page Number: 311
Explanation and Analysis:

After Willoughby has shared his long story with Elinor, she finds herself once again having to reevaluate his character, having to reevaluate the significance of his prior actions - and, in particular, the relationship between his behavior and his true feelings for Marianne. She is initially wary of feeling any pity for a man who caused her sister such pain, and whom she knows to have made a great deal of mistakes in his life. However, she is now confident that Willoughby can never be with Marianne: he is "separated for ever from her family."

Elinor regretfully admits to herself that she is allowing her own sensibility to win out to a certain extent over her sense: her judgment of Willoughby is softened by her knowledge that he still deeply loves Marianne. Still, she has come to recognize that she finally understands his character better than she ever has. She and Marianne were privy only to an aspect of it while he and Marianne were courting, and Colonel Brandon exposed a greater, though incomplete, part of it: now his character lies open to be judged and understood as well-intentioned and fundamentally good but also deeply weak.

Chapter 46 Quotes

As they approached Barton, indeed, and entered on scenes of which every field and every tree brought some peculiar, some painful recollection, she grew silent and thoughtful, and turning away her face from their notice, sat earnestly gazing through the window. But here, Elinor could neither wonder nor blame; and when she saw, as she assisted Marianne from the carriage, that she had been crying, she saw only an emotion too natural in itself to raise any thing less tender than pity, and in its unobtrusiveness entitled to praise. In the whole of her subsequent manner, she traced the direction of a mind awakened to reasonable exertion; for no sooner had they entered their common sitting-room, than Marianne turned her eyes around it with a look of resolute firmness, as if determined at once to accustom herself to the sight of every object with which the remembrance of Willoughby could be connected.

Related Characters: Elinor Dashwood, Marianne Dashwood, John Willoughby
Page Number: 319
Explanation and Analysis:

Marianne has finally recovered enough from her illness to travel with Elinor and their mother back home to Barton. Marianne hasn't been here since she and Willoughby were in the midst of a happy courtship, and now everything she sees reminds her of Willoughby. Still, it is obvious that Marianne has grown up a great deal in the time since she left. Her "resolute firmness" is certainly something new, as she comes to terms with the fact that she will have to suffer the recollection of Willoughby for some time yet.

The novel is clear in pointing out that Marianne's character does not undergo a complete revolution. She is still quite susceptible to emotional exaggeration, and she cannot entirely reign in her emotions: she cries much of the way home, for instance. But we are meant to see that significant life experiences can work some changes on people, so that within the character traits that define them a certain measure of development is actually possible.

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Marianne Dashwood Character Timeline in Sense and Sensibility

The timeline below shows where the character Marianne Dashwood appears in Sense and Sensibility. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...of understanding, and coolness of judgment” in addition to “an excellent heart.” Elinor’s younger sister Marianne was similarly “sensible and clever,” but was “eager in everything” and lacked a sense of... (full context)
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Marianne and her mother indulged in extreme grief and unhappiness at the recent turn of events:... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...thought that Edward and Elinor would certainly be married before long. She told this to Marianne, who lamented that Edward lacked any taste in music, art, or books. She conceded, though,... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Marianne told Elinor that she thought Edward had no taste, but Elinor objected, saying he had... (full context)
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Elinor was shocked that Marianne would speak so certainly of this marriage, but admitted that she esteemed Edward. Marianne called... (full context)
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Marianne was certain that Elinor and Edward would be engaged, though Elinor herself was unsure. When... (full context)
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...so long was help enough. Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters were sad to leave Norland. Marianne, in particular, walked about the house and exclaimed aloud to it, “Dear, dear Norland!” (full context)
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After dinner, Marianne played piano and sang. Everyone applauded, but Colonel Brandon “heard her without being in raptures.”... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...the rest of the world.” She quickly realized that Colonel Brandon was in love with Marianne and thought this would be an excellent match. Marianne, though, thought that this would be... (full context)
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Elinor told Marianne that it would be fine for Colonel Brandon to marry a 27 year-old woman, but... (full context)
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Alone with her mother at their cottage, Marianne told her that she worried Edward might be sick, because he had not yet visited... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...a sudden, it began to rain. The sisters started running back toward their cottage, but Marianne tripped and fell. A gentleman who happened to be passing by stopped, picked her up,... (full context)
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...to visit the cottage the next day, then left. All the Dashwoods admired him, and Marianne in particular was fond of him. The next day, Sir John visited the Dashwoods and... (full context)
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Sir John said that Willoughby was staying nearby with a relative and told Marianne that he was “very well worth catching.” Marianne eagerly asked about Willoughby’s spirit, and Sir... (full context)
Chapter 10
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When Willoughby paid his visit to the cottage, Marianne learned that he was fond of music and dancing, which made her like him even... (full context)
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Willoughby seemed to be as fond of Marianne as she was of him, and he continued to visit the cottage often. He and... (full context)
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Elinor gradually now realized that Colonel Brandon also liked Marianne, and, as Marianne and Willoughby grew closer, she felt bad for him, since she admired... (full context)
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One day, Willoughby and Marianne were discussing Colonel Brandon and Elinor defended him. Marianne teased Elinor at how concerned she... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...Dashwood and her daughters soon found themselves busy with many social engagements at Barton Park. Marianne and Willoughby became closer and closer, and Elinor had to advise Marianne to restrain herself... (full context)
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In contrast to Marianne, Elinor was not feeling happy. She still missed Norland, and was fed up with the... (full context)
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As Marianne was walking one morning with Elinor, she told her sister that Willoughby had given her... (full context)
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Elinor told Marianne that the horse would be an inconvenience to their mother, so Marianne agreed to decline... (full context)
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Margaret overheard this conversation between Willoughby and Marianne and guessed that they were engaged. She told this to Elinor, but Elinor was not... (full context)
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...what had happened, but Colonel Brandon would give no details and insisted on leaving immediately. Marianne and Willoughby agreed to each other that Brandon was someone unable to “bear a party... (full context)
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...do their planned trip, Sir John suggested that everyone go driving around in the country. Marianne and Willoughby happily got into a carriage by themselves and went to his nearby home... (full context)
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...night, Sir John and Lady Middleton hosted a dance at Barton Park. Mrs. Jennings told Marianne she knew where she and Willoughby had gone earlier that day. Elinor was disturbed by... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...to leave so quickly, guessing and conjecturing all sorts of things. Meanwhile, Willoughby’s behavior toward Marianne continued to suggest that he was attached to her, though it was still ambiguous what... (full context)
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To Marianne, Willoughby’s actions clearly meant that he loved her. One day, when Mrs. Dashwood spoke of... (full context)
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One day, Mrs. Dashwood, Elinor, and Margaret went to visit Lady Middleton, leaving Marianne at home. When they got back, they saw Willoughby’s carriage outside. But when they entered... (full context)
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...convinced by this, and remained suspicious of Willoughby. She wanted proof of his engagement to Marianne, even though Mrs. Dashwood was sure they were engaged. Mrs. Dashwood could not believe that... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Marianne stayed up all night, troubled over Willoughby’s sudden departure. The next day, she was still... (full context)
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Elinor was uneasy, as no letters came from Willoughby. She asked her mother to ask Marianne whether or not she was engaged to Willoughby, so that they could know for sure.... (full context)
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One day, Elinor and Marianne went out for a walk. They saw a man approaching on a horse and Marianne... (full context)
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To the surprise of Marianne, Edward did not seem particularly excited or joyous to see everyone. She was further perturbed... (full context)
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Edward asked how the Dashwoods were enjoying Barton, and Marianne said that the Middletons were unpleasant. Elinor chastised her for her impoliteness, and said that... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Marianne agreed with Edward’s (lack of) plans, saying that grandeur has nothing to do with happiness.... (full context)
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...and imagined how they would use more money if they had it. Edward joked that Marianne would spend all her money on music and books, saying that he remembered her character... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Elinor couldn’t help but notice Edward’s seeming unhappiness. The next morning at breakfast, Marianne left Edward and Elinor by themselves, attempting to give them time to catch up, but... (full context)
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Marianne saw a ring on Edward’s finger that had a lock of hair in it. She... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...when Edward left, but didn’t allow her emotions to show, in great contrast to how Marianne had behaved when Willoughby had left. Marianne was dismayed that Elinor did not appear more... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...Palmer was happy to see the Dashwood sisters at Barton Park and invited Elinor and Marianne to come stay with her and her husband in London. They declined the invitation. Sir... (full context)
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...Palmer was rude and aloof. Mrs. Palmer was very pleasant, though, and invited Elinor and Marianne to visit them over Christmas. The two sisters again politely declined. Elinor asked if Mrs.... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Elinor and Marianne went to Barton Park to meet the Steeles. They both found “nothing to admire” in... (full context)
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...the child cried hysterically. Anne said, “It might have been a very sad accident,” but Marianne thought it was really nothing to be concerned about. The Steele sisters talked about how... (full context)
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The Steeles asked Elinor and Marianne about Norland and whether they had “a great many smart beaux there.” Elinor politely said... (full context)
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Sir John told the Steeles about Willoughby and Marianne, and the Steeles congratulated Elinor on her sister’s engagement. Sir John joked with Elinor in... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Marianne particularly disliked the Steeles for their impertinence and vulgarity. Elinor, meanwhile, found the younger Steele... (full context)
Chapter 25
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As January came around, Mrs. Jennings invited Elinor and Marianne to come stay with her in London. Elinor declined, saying she couldn’t leave her mother,... (full context)
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Elinor realized that Marianne would like to be in London so that she might be able to see Willoughby... (full context)
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Elinor, Marianne, and Mrs. Dashwood discussed the proposed trip together. Elinor was reluctant to go, but Marianne... (full context)
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...the Ferrars family. Elinor said that she was indifferent toward the Ferrars family, which shocked Marianne. The Dashwoods finally decided to accept Mrs. Jennings invitation. Elinor was slightly dissatisfied, but Marianne... (full context)
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...days ago. Her objections had all been overcome by “that happy ardour of youth which Marianne and her mother equally shared.” (full context)
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Elinor wondered what would happen between Willoughby and Marianne, reflecting on how much more hopeful Marianne’s situation was than her own with Edward. They... (full context)
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Elinor and Marianne started to write some letters as soon as they arrived in London. Elinor told Marianne... (full context)
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Someone came to the door of Mrs. Jennings’ apartment, and Marianne exclaimed, “Oh, Elinor, it is Willoughby, indeed it is!” But when the door opened, it... (full context)
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...Brandon, “I do not know what you and Mr. Willoughby will do between you” with Marianne. After Colonel Brandon left, Elinor and Marianne went to bed early. The next day, Mrs.... (full context)
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After this, Marianne and Elinor went out into town. When they returned, Marianne excitedly looked to see if... (full context)
Chapter 27
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The next morning, Mrs. Jennings commented on the bad weather, and Marianne cheered up immediately, thinking that Willoughby might have been kept in the country by the... (full context)
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...for her sister,” which worried her. About a week after they had come to London, Marianne came back to the apartment to find Willoughby’s card on a table, proof that he... (full context)
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The next day, Marianne stayed at home, waiting for Willoughby’s visit, but he never came. Nor did any letter... (full context)
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Marianne and Elinor were invited to go to dinner with Lady Middleton and Sir John, and... (full context)
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At the dinner, Marianne was unwilling to dance, and complained. Mrs. Jennings said she knew why Marianne was upset,... (full context)
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The next day, Elinor wrote to her mother, while Marianne paced anxiously around the apartment. Colonel Brandon came to the door, and talked with Elinor.... (full context)
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Knowing Brandon’s feelings for Marianne, Elinor debated what it was proper for her to say, and ended up telling him... (full context)
Chapter 28
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For the next three or four days, Willoughby neither came to see Marianne nor wrote her. Elinor and Marianne went to a party with Lady Middleton. Marianne was... (full context)
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Willoughby saw Marianne and Elinor and came over. He greeted Elinor, but ignored Marianne. Elinor was shocked, and... (full context)
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Marianne turned pale, and Elinor tried to advise her to maintain composure. They told Lady Middleton... (full context)
Chapter 29
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Early the next morning, Elinor found Marianne writing a letter, but she would not say what she was writing. Elinor wanted to... (full context)
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Elinor answered that Marianne and Willoughby were not going to be married, and told Mrs. Jennings not to spread... (full context)
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...that he enjoyed his time with the Dashwoods, but felt no more than esteem for Marianne and her family. He was in fact already engaged to someone else. He had sent... (full context)
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...angry. Mrs. Jennings was ready to go out into town, and Elinor had to excuse Marianne and herself from going with her, saying that Marianne was not feeling well. She returned... (full context)
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Marianne continued to sob, and Elinor urged her to keep her composure. Marianne said that Elinor... (full context)
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Elinor read the letters Marianne had sent to Willoughby. First, an excited one telling him that she was in London.... (full context)
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Elinor thought it was improper that Marianne had written such letters when she and Willoughby were not even engaged. Marianne said that... (full context)
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Marianne refused to believe that Willoughby was “capable of such cruelty,” and thought that people had... (full context)
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Rereading Willoughby’s heartless letter, Marianne called him “barbarously insolent” and asked whether anything could justify his behavior. She asked if... (full context)
Chapter 30
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Mrs. Jennings came back home and checked on Marianne. She had heard of Willoughby’s upcoming engagement to a Miss Grey, and tried to comfort... (full context)
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Mrs. Jennings was very kind to Marianne, and Elinor returned the politeness. When Marianne left the table, Mrs. Jennings lamented that Willoughby... (full context)
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Elinor admitted to Mrs. Jennings that Willoughby had broken no formal engagement with Marianne, but Mrs. Jennings would have none of her defending Willoughby. She said that his behavior... (full context)
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After Elinor went to check on Marianne and tried to persuade her to go to bed, Colonel Brandon arrived, having heard about... (full context)
Chapter 31
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The next day, Marianne was still miserable. She talked with Elinor, sometimes thinking that Willoughby was innocent and sometimes... (full context)
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Mrs. Jennings brought Marianne a letter, telling her it would cheer her up. Marianne imagined it might be from... (full context)
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Mrs. Dashwood had written to Marianne after Elinor had written to her. In the letter, Mrs. Dashwood asked Marianne to be... (full context)
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...had come across Mrs. Jennings on the street and she had told him to visit Marianne and Elinor. He talked with Elinor alone and told her that he had something to... (full context)
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...Brandon had to go back to when he suddenly left Barton Park. He said that Marianne reminded him very much of someone he knew named Eliza, who had “the same warmth... (full context)
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...now before you.” Brandon told Elinor that he had been worried that Willoughby was using Marianne as he had used the younger Eliza. He had seen Willoughby recently, and challenged him... (full context)
Chapter 32
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Elinor told Marianne what she had learned from Colonel Brandon, but it didn’t cheer her up. Marianne was... (full context)
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Mrs. Dashwood recommended that Elinor and Marianne not shorten their stay with Mrs. Jennings, as everything at Barton would likely remind Marianne... (full context)
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Marianne wanted to go home to “the personal sympathy of her mother,” but obeyed her mother’s... (full context)
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Elinor did her best to keep anyone from mentioning Willoughby’s name around Marianne. Sir John was shocked when he heard about what happened, as he had always thought... (full context)
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Colonel Brandon often made “delicate, unobtrusive enquiries” about Marianne to Elinor, who began to value him as a friend. Mrs. Jennings noticed them spending... (full context)
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Early in February, Willoughby married Miss Grey, and Elinor informed Marianne. Marianne tried to control her emotions, but couldn’t help crying. Around this time, the Steeles... (full context)
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...came to talk with Elinor and Mrs. Jennings, speaking of their beaux and romantic conquests. Marianne left the room when the Steeles arrived, and Elinor apologized on her behalf, saying that... (full context)
Chapter 33
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Elinor finally persuaded Marianne to go out with her and Mrs. Jennings one morning. They went to a jeweler,... (full context)
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...which required the removal of a number of trees on the property, which Elinor and Marianne had been fond of. Elinor “kept her concern and censure to herself.” John congratulated Elinor... (full context)
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John asked Elinor what was wrong with Marianne. Elinor said that she had “a nervous complaint.” John said that Fanny used to think... (full context)
Chapter 34
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John and Fanny invited Elinor, Marianne, Mrs. Jennings, the Steeles, and the Middletons to dinner. Mrs. Ferrars was supposed to attend,... (full context)
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...talked about whether John’s son Harry or Lady Middleton’s son William was taller. Elinor and Marianne were rather bored by this, and Marianne offended everyone by saying that she had no... (full context)
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Marianne’s outburst offended John, Fanny, and Mrs. Ferrars. Colonel Brandon, though, seemed to admire Marianne’s protective... (full context)
Chapter 35
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...try to make polite conversation. After talking for a bit, she left to go get Marianne. Marianne was overjoyed to see Edward, unaware of the tension between him, Lucy, and Elinor. (full context)
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Marianne suggested that Edward take her and Elinor back to Barton in a couple weeks. Edward... (full context)
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Edward left, and Lucy shortly after him. Marianne said to Elinor that it was odd Lucy stayed when it was clear she wasn’t... (full context)
Chapter 36
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...son. Because of this, Mrs. Jennings spent much time with the Palmers, and Elinor and Marianne often accompanied her, which meant they often had to spend much time with the Middletons... (full context)
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Anne Steele was also not fond of Elinor and Marianne, but Mrs. Jennings was oblivious to all this and thought it was a good thing... (full context)
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Marianne at this point had become indifferent to her dress and appearance, in contrast to Anne... (full context)
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When John and Fanny returned home after the party, John suggested that they invite Marianne and Elinor to stay with them. Fanny objected because she had just decided to invite... (full context)
Chapter 37
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...Ferrars would do when she found out about Edward’s engagement. She told the news to Marianne and took care not to “represent herself as suffering much.” Marianne was shocked. To her,... (full context)
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Marianne felt sorry for Elinor, but Elinor assured her that she was no longer sad over... (full context)
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Elinor made Marianne promise to be discreet and not give “the least appearance of bitterness” to Lucy or... (full context)
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...his younger brother Robert. He again said that he pitied Edward’s situation, and then left. Marianne, Elinor, and Mrs. Jennings all disapproved of how Mrs. Ferrars had handled the situation. (full context)
Chapter 38
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Mrs. Jennings, Elinor, and Marianne all felt compassion for Edward. For the next few days, they heard no more news... (full context)
Chapter 39
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Elinor and Marianne had now been in London for over two months, and Marianne was impatient to get... (full context)
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After Elinor and Marianne made their plans, Colonel Brandon visited, and Mrs. Jennings told him about their imminent departure,... (full context)
Chapter 42
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...and on Colonel Brandon’s being to follow them to Cleveland in a day or two.” Marianne and Elinor finally left London at the beginning of April. For all her earlier eagerness... (full context)
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When the sisters arrived at Cleveland, Marianne had “a heart swelling with emotion” from being so close to Barton and to Willoughby’s... (full context)
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...to think that Colonel Brandon loved Elinor, though Elinor knew he had his eyes on Marianne. (full context)
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Marianne went on “delightful twilight walks” two nights in a row and walked through the areas... (full context)
Chapter 43
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The next day, Marianne seemed better, but that night she was feverish. As Mrs. Jennings had suggested, Elinor called... (full context)
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Marianne was upset that her illness was delaying her journey back home, but Elinor tried to... (full context)
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Marianne’s illness continued for two days and though the apothecary still said she would recover, Mrs.... (full context)
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Elinor stayed up all night by Marianne’s side, as she slept “more and more disturbed.” She woke up suddenly and asked about... (full context)
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...Mrs. Dashwood. Elinor was very grateful for his friendship and generosity. Elinor went back to Marianne’s side for the rest of the night, and Colonel Brandon left immediately for Barton. Marianne... (full context)
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Finally, at five o’clock in the morning, the apothecary arrived, and said that Marianne was all right, and would recover. In the morning, Mrs. Jennings was upset that Elinor... (full context)
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By noon, Marianne seemed to be improving, and gradually got better over the course of the day. Elinor... (full context)
Chapter 44
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...he had business with her, and she told him to be quick. Willoughby asked if Marianne had recovered and was relieved to learn she had. He told Elinor that he hoped... (full context)
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...Dashwoods he had no intentions of finding a wife, but greatly enjoyed spending time with Marianne. “Careless of her happiness,” he thought only of his “amusement,” though he had no “design... (full context)
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...his fortune was “never large,” so it would have been impossible for him to marry Marianne. He said that he behaved selfishly in leading Marianne on, but didn’t realize “the extent... (full context)
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Willoughby said that he became “sincerely fond” of Marianne. But then his aunt Mrs. Smith, from whom he had been expecting to inherit a... (full context)
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Mrs. Smith disinherited Willoughby, and now his “affection for Marianne” was outweighed by his “dread of poverty.” He felt that he needed to find some... (full context)
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In London, Willoughby was pained to receive Marianne’s letters. He watched Mrs. Jennings’ house and waited until Marianne was out of the house... (full context)
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Willoughby enquired again about Marianne’s health, and then continued his story. Miss Grey had become suspicious of Willoughby’s affection for... (full context)
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...regarded him as slightly less guilty now. He asked her to tell all this to Marianne, and Elinor agreed that she would. Elinor asked how Willoughby had heard of Marianne’s illness... (full context)
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...that for him “domestic happiness” was “out of the question,” and he was sad that Marianne was lost to him. He said that he dreaded the day that she would marry... (full context)
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...she had, until just recently, “abhorred as the most worthless of men.” She went to Marianne, who was now refreshed by a long sleep. At last, Mrs. Dashwood arrived with Colonel... (full context)
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Marianne continued to recover, and Mrs. Dashwood was “one of the happiest women in the world.”... (full context)
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...the journey back from Barton, Colonel Brandon had told Mrs. Dashwood that he had loved Marianne from the moment they met. Mrs. Dashwood said that his love was “more sincere or... (full context)
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...Dashwood said that she had told Brandon that she would gladly encourage his union with Marianne, but he worried that Marianne still had affections for Willoughby and would not love him.... (full context)
Chapter 46
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Within four days of Mrs. Dashwood’s arrival, Marianne was well enough to leave her room. Colonel Brandon visited her in her room, and... (full context)
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A couple of days later, Marianne was ready to travel back to Barton. Colonel Brandon offered to let the Dashwoods use... (full context)
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...they approached Barton, where “every field and every tree brought some peculiar, some painful recollection,” Marianne grew quiet and began to cry. Nonetheless, when they got home, she did her best... (full context)
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Elinor was glad to see this positive change in Marianne’s behavior, but was worried about having to share Willoughby’s revelation with her. One morning, Marianne... (full context)
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Marianne said that her recent illness made her think about her past and her life. She... (full context)
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Marianne said that her plan now was to live for her family. She told Elinor, “You,... (full context)
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...from some part of his imputed guilt,” though she didn’t entirely forgive him. That evening, Marianne told Elinor and Mrs. Dashwood that the news about Willoughby was a relief and she... (full context)
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...confirmed the union. He said Lucy seemed well and very content. The servant departed, leaving Marianne, Elinor, and Mrs. Dashwood all feeling troubled. (full context)
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...to project a calm, collected demeanor. She worried that she had been more attentive to Marianne’s sadness, because it was more obviously apparent, and had neglected Elinor’s troubles. (full context)
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...their engagement was foolish. The Dashwoods were overjoyed at this change of their fortunes, and Marianne “could speak her happiness only by tears.” (full context)
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...Colonel Brandon came to Barton Cottage. He enjoyed the company of the Dashwoods, and especially Marianne. He heard and wondered at the news of Lucy and Robert, and Edward and Elinor.... (full context)
Chapter 50
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...settled into their life at Delaford. All they wanted now was for Colonel Brandon and Marianne to marry. John visited Elinor and was happy for her, but said that he was... (full context)
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...her family as could well be contrived.” Mrs. Dashwood, Edward, and Elinor all hoped that Marianne and Colonel Brandon would marry. Gradually, Marianne came around to liking Brandon, and discovered “the... (full context)
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Instead of “falling a sacrifice to an irresistible passion,” which was how Marianne used to think of love, she gradually grew more and more attracted to Brandon. They... (full context)
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Mrs. Dashwood stayed at Barton Cottage with Margaret, as Marianne and Elinor were now living with their husbands. Margaret was now approaching the age where... (full context)