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Waiting…

She would have been glad to know when these difficulties were to cease, this opposition was to yield . . . Sense and Sensibility, v. 1, ch. 19 Elinor waiting for Mrs. Ferrars to give Edward his freedom

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Other points

“But there are other points to be considered besides his inclination.” Sense and Sensibility, v. 1, ch. 4 (. . . Like his horrible mother.)  More of sensible Elinor

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By no means

“I am by no means assured of his regard for me.” Elinor, re: Edward Sense and Sensibility, v. 1, ch. 4 Elinor favors truth over imagination.

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Perfect understanding

“Have we not perfectly understood each other?” Sense and Sensibility, volume 1, chapter 15 Mrs. Dashwood on what Willoughby’s actions have told her of his love. How little she really understood!

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Talk vs. action

“I have not wanted syllables where actions have spoken so plainly.” Sense and Sensibility, volume 1, chapter 15 Mrs. Dashwood on her assumption that Marianne and Willoughby are engaged, in spite of the fact that they have not told her … Continue reading

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Some doubt of a return

“I have no idea that she has yet ever seen a man she cared for.  It would not be a bad thing for her to be very much in love with a proper object.  I should like to see Emma … Continue reading

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The misery of being bound without Love

“The unpleasantness of appearing fickle is certainly great–but if you think you want Punishment for past Illusions, there it is–and nothing can compare to the misery of being bound without Love, bound to one, & preferring another.  That is a … Continue reading

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How very far from a now

“I am perfectly convinced that your present feelings, supposing you were to marry now, would be sufficient for his happiness;–but when I think how very, very far it is from a Now, & take everything that may be, into consideration, … Continue reading

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Your own feelings

More from Jane’s letters to her niece Fanny, about whether or not she should marry Mr. John Plumptre: “Now, my dearest Fanny . . . You frighten me out of my Wits by your reference.  Your affection gives me the … Continue reading

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Such sort of Disappointments

“Things are now in such a state, that you must resolve upon one or the other, either allow him to go on as he has done, or whenever you are together behave with a coldness which may convince him that … Continue reading

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