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Summary Chapter 30

Mrs. Jennings comes to the room after her guests leave. She is upset, having heard from Mrs. Taylor that Willoughby is to be married to someone else. She is disgusted with Willoughby. She hopes his wife will make him miserable after he ill-used Marianne so. However, Marianne is very pretty, and the world is full of men.

Marianne agrees to dine with Mrs. Jennings’ guests later. She doesn’t speak and is distracted, but this helps her remain calm. She does leave the dinner early when she becomes aware of Mrs. Jennings’ over-indulgent acts of kindness.

Mrs. Jennings is certain that Willoughby is marrying Miss Grey for her money. She has 50,000 lbs. If Mr. Willoughby had been honorable, he should have sold off his assets and tried to live off that. She is certain Miss Marianne would have waited for him.

Mrs. Jennings wants to rouse Marianne’s spirits by amusing her with activity. Elinor just wants to put her to bed. Mrs. Jennings now realizes that Marianne had looked so wretched because of all of this happening. She regrets joking about it, but she hadn’t known.

Mrs. Jennings plans to tell Sir John and her daughters. Elinor asks her to request them not to mention Mr. Willoughby in front of Marianne, as well as herself. Mrs. Jennings agrees.

Mrs. Jennings believes this will work to Colonel Brandon’s favor and predicts a marriage between him and Marianne. She tells Elinor that he is a much better match anyway, even if he has a child. He has a beautiful home with an nice garden. It is convenient in location.

Colonel Brandon arrives and isn’t surprised that Marianne isn’t there. He reveals he heard the news of Miss Grey’s marriage to Willoughby from Mrs. Ellison, whom he overheard. Mrs. Ellison is Miss Grey's guardian.

He asks how Marianne took the news. Elinor says she is wretched. Marianne believed Willoughby had cared for her, and he was rather cruel-hearted in how he handled the situation.

Jane Austen