Here, however, Elinor perceived,—not the language, not the professions of Colonel Brandon, but the natural embellishments of her mother’s active fancy, which fashioned every thing delightful to her as it chose.
Reflection had given calmness to her judgment, and sobered her own opinion of Willoughby’s deserts;— she wished, therefore, to declare only the simple truth, and lay open such facts as were really due to his character, without any embellishment of tenderness to lead the fancy astray.
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The young girl is lovely and her tears only embellish her; the lady appears to be about forty years of age, the girl about fourteen.