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Summary Chapter 50

Edward is re-established as Mrs. Ferrars son. He tells her right away of his engagement to Elinor. She tries to talk him out of it in favor of marrying the higher ranking and richer Miss Morton. When he refuses, she gives her consent to his choice. She gives Edward an income she finds meager but is suitable for him to marry.

Colonel Brandon makes improvements to the parsonage house. Elinor and Edward marry and live with Colonel Brandon while their house is being renovated. Mrs. Jennings finds them to be a very happy couple. John Dashwood is slightly disappointed that Elinor didn’t marry Colonel Brandon.

Robert and Lucy manage to re-establish favor with Mrs. Ferrars. Lucy was responsible for the breach but also for the reconciliation, though it took longer for her to be accepted than Robert. Mrs. Ferrars, though, could not withstand Lucy’s talent for ingratiation any better than her son could. Robert had met Lucy while trying to dissuade her from marrying Edward. She always verbalized enough doubts to force him to come back for another interview. This lead to them getting engaged. After being forgiven, Lucy actually winds up becoming a favorite of Mrs. Ferrars. She and Robert settle within the family with the usual harmony of domestic quarrels. Everything worked out to Robert’s and Edward’s satisfaction.

Mrs. Dashwood visited Elinor often. She is determined to see Marianne marry Colonel Brandon. Marianne succumbs and eventually does. She changes her ideas and gives up her later plan of living the rest of her life with her mother. Colonel Brandon becomes as happy as he deserves to be. Marianne becomes genuinely devoted to him.

Willoughby always regrets hearing about Marianne’s marriage, particularly as Mrs. Smith reveals she would have consented to Willoughby marrying her. However, he manages to enjoy his life despite it. Marianne remains his concept of an ideal woman, though.

Jane Austen