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|L&V and NA: Laura and Isabella Thorpe
Written by Cheryl
(6/20/2006 12:36 a.m.)
It was mentioned yesterday that some saw echoes of Marianne Dashwood in L&V, with its emphasis on sensibility. When I read it this time, I had the idea that Laura in L&V might be a prototype for Isabella of NA. I especially felt this in the introductions to their particular friends, Sophia and Catherine, respectively.
L&F: We flew into each other's arms and after having exchanged vows of mutual Freindship for the rest of our Lives, instantly unfolded to each other the most inward secrets of our Hearts. (Letter 8)
Of course, Isabella is manipulative where Laura is clueless, but in terms of "sensibility" and effusiveness, they are similar, and JA makes fun of that trait in both characters. Can you think of other similarities between Laura and Isabella? Do you think Laura more like Isabella Thorpe, or Marianne Dashwood?
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