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Elinor now found the difference between the expectation of an unpleasant event, however certain the mind may be told to consider it, and certainty itself. She now found, that in spite of herself, she had always admitted a hope, while Edward remained single, that something would occur to prevent his marrying Lucy; that some resolution of his own, some mediation of friends, or some more eligible opportunity of establishment for the lady, would arise to assist the happiness of all. But he was now married; and she condemned her heart for the lurking flattery, which so much heightened the pain of the intelligence.

Haven't we all done this? Hoped against hope for something that we know isn't going to happen? Austen nails how this feels, I think.

I will note - for readers who have read Mansfield Park (and I know at the very least that Jenn Hubbard has done so) - that the way Elinor envisions Lucy Steele behaving once she's a parson's wife is almost exactly how we see Mrs. Norris behaving in Mansfield Park: sucking up to the local landowner in order to get as many perks as possible (be it eggs from their henhouse, butter from the dairy, produce from their gardens or household items while trying to appear as if they aren't entirely parsimonious. Like Mrs. Norris (yes, the cat in Harry Potter is named after the character), Lucy is not a particularly smart girl, but she wants to appear better than she appears.

Elinor, usually so calm, cool and collected, gets herself totally bent out of shape with EVERYONE IN THE WIDE WORLD because NOBODY is sending them anything - a letter, a newspaper clipping, ANYTHING about Lucy & Edward's marriage. ANGST! ANGST! ANGST! FINALLY we see the cracks in her armor. She even asks her mother when she'll be writing to Colonel Brandon as a way of seeking news, only to be told that Brandon will probably show up in person when . . .

HOSHIT! It's Edward! He has come to ruin a perfectly good pair of scissors! But let's go to the film, shall we? (Technically, the film is a spoiler, since this chapter ends with her crying and him off walking, but I trust you will all forgive me.)

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Dec. 9th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
I admit it, I cried and cheered.

Dec. 9th, 2010 05:14 am (UTC)
It's just so adorable! And the spinning-in-a-circle-kissing bit is perfection, to my way of thinking. *swoon*
Dec. 9th, 2010 10:37 am (UTC)
Well I tried not to watch any further but I couldn't resist!

I loved this chapter - I kept rereading bits to savour them.
Dec. 9th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Austen really set it up well, didn't she? IT WASN'T EDWARD AFTER ALL! SQUEE!
Dec. 9th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Awww, yeah. That's the good stuff right there. :)
Dec. 9th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Dec. 9th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
I like that this scene is a bit longer than in the film, but I just love Emma Thompson's reaction to the news in the film... and also Margaret's line 'we have been enjoying very fine weather' lol!
Dec. 9th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
I like the Thompson version as well - the way Marianne, Margaret & Mrs D rise up as one and edge out of the room is priceless. And Miss Margaret's line cracks me up, too - first she's told to restrict herself to talking about the weather if she isn't certain what to say, and then Marianne pretty much pinches her for even doing that. LOL!
Dec. 9th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
I've read Mansfield Park (one of the three Austin novels I've read in their entirety) -- and yes, Lucy wouldn't quite be as bad as Mrs. NOrris. (I had no idea Mr. Filch's cat was named after her, though it makes sense, ha).

I love this scene -- it's much more satisfying than the one in Emma Thompson's version, but both are good :)
Dec. 9th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
The one in the Emma Thompson version would have been more satisfying if they'd left the kiss between Edward and Elinor in - it was cut for time, but there was a scene of them walking out of doors, and then a sweet kiss. I think it was a mistake to leave it out, but that's just me.

I'm not certain that Lucy wouldn't have turned out at least as bad as Mrs Norris - after all, she's only young now. Imagine what a lifetime of miserliness might do - and she doesn't have quite as much intelligence as Mrs Norris, either!
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