So when we last left off in Sense and Sensibility things were going haywire.
Yep. Fanny Dashwood didn’t even wait for the body of Mr. Dashwood to cool before she moved in the home and claimed it as her own.
I hate that woman.
Just calm yourself down and wait.
Anyways, Fanny’s brother also came to visit.
And was such a pleasant surprise to everyone in his kindness. In fact Elinor finds him incredibly charming.
In fact she is the one that pushes her family to spend time with him and see him as his own sweet person instead of evil incarnated like Fanny.
“I think you will like him’, said Elinor, ‘when you know more of him.”
In fact Mrs. Dashwood does grow to like him as she seems him as tender, sweet, and the perfect match for Elinor…not to mention he’s also rich and could take care of them all.
And that’s when Mrs. Dashwood starts planning their match, really taking a card from Mrs. Bennet in assuming something without any real proof of it’s existince. Yep, she thinks that Elinor and Edward are headed down the aisle.
“In a few months, my dear Marianne,’ said she [Mrs. Dashwood], ‘Elinor will, in all probability be settled for life. We shall miss her, but she will be happy.”
Yeah mom, you probably should have talked to Edward and Elinor before announcing or planning it.
Now there are two people who are not happy with this. Marianne, the first, doesn’t want Elinor to marry Edward. Now some of you might think that she doesn’t want to lose her sister, which is part of the reason, but her biggest issue with Edward is that she thinks he is boring.
Edward as a romantic hero? Marianne says:
Here is a list of Edward’s shortcomings according to Marianne
- He’s not handsome enough
- Doesn’t have the right airs or manners.
- He is tame with no fire in his eyes (i.e. too much of a nice guy)
- No taste in music
- Doesn’t know anything about art
- He’s not exciting
Yep, to Marianne nice, secure, sweet is not really what she wants. She’s after a guy from a romance novel who is dashing, charming, has a heart of gold, who loves music and poetry and will focus on that instead of being sweet or secure. Yep Marianne is just like you.
And the other person who is not happy about this closeness…well (as I’m sure you all guessed) that person is Fanny.
She is not about that at all:
But more on that later as well.
So To Edward or not to Edward is the question for Elinor, of which we will read the answer in an upcoming post.
For more on Sense and Sensibility, go to The Eye of the Storm
For more on Elinor & Marianne, go to Sisterly Roles
For more on the fiendish Fanny Dashwood, go to Promises Were Made to Be Broken