Whew. All's well that ends well. I'm sorry if you were expecting a big, romantic proposal scene, but Austen tends not to indulge in those. She's more interested in the overall relationships of the characters with each other, I think, and not just here for the kissy stuff. For which I am very appreciative, overall. I'm not a big fan of the kissy stuff either.
Anyway, I chuckled a lot over these last two chapters. Austen gets pretty feisty, doesn't she? Poking fun at Edward's habit of getting engaged to young ladies without consulting his mother. And the whole opening of the last chapter made me laugh aloud multiple times, about Edward being "resuscitated" because his mother decided to forgive and reinstate him, and so on. Oh, man. That was pretty priceless. And then she gets a little snarky at how Colonel Brandon never measures up to Marianne's original ideal of a Romantic Hero... but it's okay, because Marianne grows to love him anyway. Awww.
Some interesting monetary information from the notes in my annotated copy, as to how much Elinor and Edward will have to live on. His mother gives him ten thousand pounds, and the notes say this "would produce five hundred a year in income." Edward also is expecting about two hundred and fifty pounds a year from his 'living.' Also, Edward had two thousand pounds of his own, and Elinor had one thousand, which together would give them another one hundred and fifty income every year (you just live off the interest of your money, basically). So, all told, "their income would be nine hundred a year" (p. 699). Waaaaaaaaaay at the beginning of the book, Elinor said she thought a young couple would require a thousand pounds a year to be undoubtedly happy, so she's not quite going to make it to that amount at this time, but she's certainly going to be comfortably off.
And that's it! We're done! I'm working on my celebratory giveaway post now, and I'll have that up as soon as I get it finished. This evening, I hope!
Thank you, everyone who participated. This was a lot of fun for me, and I hope it was for you too! Don't worry, you can keep discussing this for as long as you like. In fact, here are a couple final discussion questions:
1. Does Elinor get a character arc? Does she change or grow over the course of this book? Or is she just here to provide counterpoint to Marianne, making Marianne the actual heroine?
2. Marianne + Col. Brandon -- do you love their pairing, or not? And why?