Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 31 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 31 Summary

The next morning Elinor finds Marianne just as upset as the night before. Marianne says that Mrs. Jennings is cruel and heartless, and Elinor tries to cheer her up. Later, Mrs. Jennings enters and tells Marianne she has a letter that will cheer her up. Marianne's spirits rise thinking it is from Willoughby, and she is disappointed to learn it is from her mother. Marianne hopes the letter will help her feel better, but it turns out that her mother is asking about her relationship with Willoughby and expressing happiness that Marianne will soon be happily married. Marianne again asks to return home to her mother, while Elinor urges her to wait and see how her mother will react to news of the broken engagement.

Mrs. Jennings leaves to tell the Middletons and Palmers about Willoughby's engagement. Elinor writes a letter to her mother. Colonel Brandon comes...

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