Here's something interesting that I learned from my annotated version: London had its own postal system, separate from the national postal system of Great Britain, called the "two-penny post." For two pennies, you could get a letter to anywhere in London in an hour or so. Amazing!!! Anyway, this is how Marianne is able to send a letter to Willoughby early in the morning, probably by the 8:00 mail collection, and Willoughby gets it in time to have his reply delivered to her somewhere around 11:00. My goodness, how speedy and efficient!
Anyway, we get to see something very illuminating in chapter 29: Elinor crying violently. Which provides us with proof that she is definitely capable of experiencing strong emotions. She just has learned how to choose when to give way to them and when to hold them inside. Also, it shows us that she's extremely sympathetic with Marianne's plight. She agrees that it this terrible. Which makes Marianne's outburst toward her sister, claiming that Elinor "cannot have an idea of what I suffer" so obviously unjust. Sigh.
As for Mrs. Jennings, I say, hurrah for her! She may be fond of gossip and teasing, but she is an absolute brick when it comes to standing by an injured friend. She does everything she can think of to help ease Marianne's sadness, and it's not her fault that she's so different from Marianne that nothing she can think of actually helps. I mean, she even offers to let Marianne "name her own supper," which means she'd have to change the pre-arranged menu she'd agreed on (possibly days in advance) with her cook. Possibly have to send someone to purchase different food. She's willing to put herself and her staff to the expense and trouble of that, just to cheer up a girl who constantly belittles and avoids her. Hurrah for Mrs. Jennings!
1. Does anyone else think that Willoughby has been exceedingly foxy and clever in having managed to never actually tell Marianne he loved her? (At that time, declaring your romantic love to someone was considered the same as a proposal.)
2. Do you want to say "hurrah for Mrs. Jennings" too? Or are you more of Marianne's opinion of her?