I want to know because to be honest I really hope he does.
I don't think he does. Not at this point, anyway. He is described as being like a child, and he openly admits to Chise that he doesn't understand human emotions all that well. I think it's fair to say he cares about her, since he feels what can be best described as loneliness when Chise is gone.
I really wonder, though, what his plan was when he set out to buy Chise at the auction. He hinted that he had something in mind to keep her from dying young, but he never said what it is. So far, he doesn't seem to be using Chise the way another magus would (considering her steep price): he used some of her magic powers to travel to England that one time and takes her on as an apprentice, but he hasn't tried to tap into her potential.
The only actions he's taken to keep her healthy include asking Angelica to make a ring and making a teddy bear. Those strike me as ideas he just came up with instead of whatever plan he had before getting her. I suspect asking her to become his apprentice and voicing his plan to marry her are more in line with the mystery plan, but I still can't piece together what that might be.
at first i don't think he did but eventually as they grew closer he probably did
I think he is more fascinated than loving at first, but that he does genuinely mean well toward her, even though he doesn't know how to express this without being self-centered. I don't think it's a pretense: I'm not sure that he understand human emotions enough to know how to pretend. When he talks eagerly of her being his bride, it is not clear to me what he sees marriage as entailing. Certainly a marriage between them is expected in fae and magus circles.
He later becomes very attached to her, and lonely without her. Early on, Lindel tells Chise that teachers and apprentices tend to form familiar bonds, often first a parent-child, later evolving into husband-wife. I once read an account of a couple in marriage counseling -- the counselor told the wife that her husband loved her as much as he was capable of loving anyone -- she would have to decide if that was enough. I think that is true of Elias, but that he wants to learn to love more.
You are right about his "plan." He reminds me of the sort of person who thinks that insisting something will or will not happen makes it so. He may also be trying to be reassuring -- there was a video of a man driving out of one of the fall 2018 fires in California, with flames all around, assuring his worried three-year-old daughter that they were going to get through this safely. He couldn't know that, but he needed to reassure her. I don't know whether Elias' knowledge of human emotion allows him to understand the legitimate need for reassurance in some cases, or if he is trying to convince them both that this will work. "Whistling past a graveyard."
I just want to be sure because if he honestly doesn't care what is the point of the story?
Judging or trying to see the true emotions of a creature, not a human, is like judging a carrot, you have no reason or right because it is not human nor does it have the same emotions as one. So when you or any creature tries to judge or label him/it remember that thing ain't human nor does it have the same boundaries so when trying to theorize what he/it is doing and what it's motivation is you really will never know because you are not in the same class as him/it. So stop yapping and running your jaws it's actually annoying.
I can’t imagine why you are even reading this thread if the very thought annoys you. Despite your use of the word “yapping”, we are writing, so it isn’t as if you are in a room and forced to listen.
If it annoys you, it is because you are choosing to annoy yourself.
You’re also wrong in my opinion. Non-human animals also express emotions that we are capable of understanding.
Everyone judges everything, it's just in human nature. Even if they aren't human doesn't mean they can't understand the same thing a human does. I try to theorize and comprehend things I'm not sure of; this way I can get somewhere with my thoughts.
Also, you said to "stop yapping and running your jaws" because it's annoying you. well a couple things: we are typing- not yapping; stop annoying yourself- no one asked you to come here and read these comments and other people's opinion and thoughts; and lastly, you don't have to be so rude towards other people for saying their own thoughts- if you still insist on doing so maybe you should go to a different site so people can actually enjoy themselves and not have to deal with others' ignorance.
Aww that screencap is all kinds of adorable.
I love cheese
What do you think?