Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility Chapter 45 Summary & Analysis

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Analysis
Elinor was greatly distressed to find herself pitying the man whom 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 Brandon.
Elinor is surprised that Willoughby has been able to alter her understanding of his character so much.
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Mrs. Dashwood was overcome by happiness upon seeing her daughters again and couldn’t help shedding tears of joy. Elinor was also delighted at the reunion. Elinor tried to sleep that night, but kept thinking of Willoughby, whom she now called “poor Willoughby” in her mind.
Elinor now thinks of Willoughby with pity, no longer as a cruel person. Mrs. Dashwood is overjoyed for most of her loving family to be reunited under one roof.
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Marianne continued to recover, and Mrs. Dashwood was “one of the happiest women in the world.” When she got the chance to speak alone with Elinor, she said that she was overjoyed because Colonel Brandon told her that he loved Marianne. Elinor was not very surprised, and Mrs. Dashwood was amazed at her composure upon hearing this news.
Colonel Brandon finally confesses his love for Marianne explicitly. Mrs. Dashwood is excited at the chance of having one of her daughters settled into a marriage.
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On 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 constant” that that of Willoughby. Elinor agreed that Colonel Brandon was “an excellent man.”
Mrs. Dashwood is more concerned with his sincere love for Marianne than whatever his fortune might be. Elinor agrees with her mother’s assessment of Brandon’s honest character.
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Mrs. 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. Mrs. Dashwood, though, was convinced that Marianne would be happier with Colonel Brandon than she ever could have been with Willoughby. She said that she did not know what Brandon’s fortune was like, but was sure it would be enough.
Mrs. Dashwood is a great proponent of the match between Marianne and Brandon, but Brandon worries that he does not live up to Marianne's idealistic ideas of a husband. Mrs. Dashwood would be happy to have Colonel Brandon as a son-in-law, regardless of his wealth.
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