Right, so, on to the chapters at hand. Elinor is clearly a better person than I am. She is way more willing to think of good things to remember about Willoughby than I would be. So, um, good for her.
I do get a little annoyed that Mrs. Dashwood is almost acting like Edward never existed, though. Like, she never commiserates with Elinor about losing him. At all. I get that she's focused on Marianne's brush with death, but she takes time to discuss Willoughby. Not Edward, though. Poor Elinor. Not that she probably wants her mom to really talk about him much, but it would be nice to know she cares and sympathizes, you know?
It's struck me, this time through the book, that Marianne has gotten a way bigger character arc than Elinor. She started out indulging her every passion and refusing to take time to think anything through, and now she's learned to be calm and reasonable. She's learned and grown. But what's Elinor's arc? I know we're not to the end of the book yet, but so far, Elinor started out reasonable and self-controlled, and she's still reasonable and self-controlled. Hmm.
1. Do you think Marianne will stick to her resolution to "divide every moment between music and reading" (p. 640) all summer?
2. Do you agree with Marianne when she says, "My own feelings had prepared my sufferings" (p. 644)? If she had behaved less passionately, would her suffering have been any less?