But then she continues by praising the wisdom and restraint of Elinor. Is Elinor over-cautious? No. She is doing what the customs dictated at the time, and she cannot be "aggressive" in pursuing Edward Ferrars. Does the author of this review have a divided view of Elinor? If Elinor is a model of moral virtue, why would one need a balance between Marianne and Elinor? We need, in short, a balance between Marianne and Elinor.