Which, you see, is the trouble with being SO guarded of your feelings as Elinor is -- you may end up getting hurt by people who are trying to be kind to you because they don't know what your feelings and thoughts are. Better to be a little less reserved, at least with those you can trust, I think.
Here's a little aside from my annotated edition: although several characters her believe that a clergyman who makes only 200 pounds a year is too poor to marry, that's actually a bit more than Jane Austen's father was making as a clergyman when he married her mother. So it might not be enough to live well, but it's do-able.
The whole thing where Mrs. Jennings and Elinor misunderstand each other is pretty funny, isn't it? And it goes on just long enough, but stops before it becomes tiresome and ceases to be funny. At least, I think so.
Quick note: I'm so sorry I'm very behind on replying to comments and discussing this book with you! The last two weeks have been ridiculously busy, and I have had almost no time to do even ordinary internet things like check my email. I'm trying to fit blogging in, but even that has been tough, as evidenced by my posting this at 10:30 on a Friday night. Next week should be much calmer! So I promise I'm not ignoring y'all! I will reply when life has settled down again!
1. Did you think the misunderstanding about what Colonel Brandon was asking Elinor was funny?
2. Do you think it's better to marry sooner and be kind of poor, or put off marrying a few years until you will be more comfortably off?