Edward had come to Barton to ask Elinor to marry him. He finally manages to do this, becoming the happiest of men. He rejoices in being released from an engagement to a woman he had ceased to love.
Edward believe he never would have fallen for Lucy if he had been better employed. He had nothing to do but fall in love. He preferred staying at his uncle’s home, and so he had plenty of exposure to Lucy.
Elinor tries to figure out how Robert, who claimed he didn’t find Lucy attractive, wound up marrying her. Edward believes that Robert’s vanity was won over by Lucy’s flattery. He probably had tried to talk Lucy out of marrying Edward and wound up falling for her instead. Edward hadn’t suspected anything until Lucy sent him a letter announcing that she wanted to break off their engagement because she was going to marry his brother.
Mrs. Ferrars is no doubt suffering. Giving Robert his independence allowed him to make his own choice, and he was her favorite child.
Lucy had intentionally misinformed Thomas as an act of malice. Though Edward knew Lucy was ignorant, he had believed her good-natured. He believed she did love him, which is why he honored their engagement despite his mother’s threats. He was surprised that Lucy wanted to marry him after he was disowned. Elinor supposes that Lucy expected Mrs. Ferrars to relent or for some friends to help them, but even if not, she probably preferred to be married than to be single.
Elinor scolds Edward for courting her when he was engaged. He claims he hadn’t realized he was courting her initially.
Edward and Elinor are in love, but they don’t have anything to live on. Edward believes his mother will eventually forgive him.
Colonel Braondon comes. He is warmly welcomed by Marianne. Mrs. Dashwood tells him about Lucy’s marriage.
Mrs. Jennings is outraged by Lucy jilting poor Edward, who she believes is broken up about it. Lucy also borrowed all of her sister’s money and left her with nothing. Mrs. Jennings loaned Anne some money.
John Dashwood relates how Mrs. Ferrars is inconsolable and Fanny is once again in hysterics. He suggests that Edward write to them so they can mend the ties with his mother.
Edward decides to visit John and Fanny to try a reconciliation and give news of his engagement.