Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen
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Sense and Sensibility Language and Communication Quotes Page 4

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Elinor drew near, but without saying a word; and seating herself on the bed, took her hand, kissed her affectionately several times, and then gave way to a burst of tears, which at first was scarcely less violent than Marianne's. The latter, though unable to speak, seemed to feel all the tenderness of this behaviour, and after some time thus spent in joint affliction, she put all the letters into Elinor's hands; and then covering her face with her handkerchief, almost screamed with agony. (29.7)

Interestingly, Elinor and Marianne seem to communicate most directly in a non-verbal fashion – we see them really commune for the first time in this scene.

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