Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 16 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 16 Summary

As the chapter begins we see Marianne extremely upset, but she finds a few activities to keep herself busy. Later on the ladies unexpectedly encounter Edward Ferrars on a walk in the countryside. Although she initially mistakes him for Willoughby, Marianne is particularly happy for her sister and welcomes Edward to Barton. Edward and Elinor resume their fairly logical conversations, which baffles Marianne.

Chapter 16 Analysis

Edward's visit represents an important turning point for the Dashwood family. His presence offers new hope after the disappointment of Willoughby's departure, and it also cheers up Marianne because she finds out about Norland, their previous home. Both Edward and Elinor are strangely remote with one another, and Elinor is curious as to why he is so cold and distant. She vows to keep her good humor, however, in the hopes that he will soon give her a sign that he still...

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