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Written by Jace
(10/15/2005 11:23 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Elizabeth was never engaged, penned by Jenny Allan
I actually disagree about the jealousy angle. I think that Elizabeth, at least up to this point, does not care one bit that Anne has received two marriage proposals. The two men who asked for Anne's hand are inconsequential enough not to make Elizabeth envious. Elizabeth is a handsome woman and (to be supported by a later chapter :) a lot of men fawn over her. She may very well likely have a group of her own admirers and received a number of proposals herself, that she doesn't the least bit care that a Charles Musgrove and a Frederick Wentworth have admired Anne. Her own unmarried state is most probably also by her own choice, in the hopes of marrying someone actually *worthy* of her.
I agree though that Elizabeth is bullying Anne. But I think *this* is not done maliciously. Elizabeth has this superiority complex--she knows/believes she's beautiful and generally admired--that her treatment of Anne is but an ordinary exercise of her superiority. She has continuously deluded herself in her self-perceptions and I think she sincerely believes that she is way much better than Anne that to compare herself to her, even subconsciously, is not worthy of her time and effort.
I think the malice comes not from jealousy but just from PLAIN DISLIKE of her.
It may be probable that Elizabeth's opinion of Anne may be similiar to those of people who dislike and are annoyed with Fanny Price. Maybe Elizabeth dislikes Anne because she is pensive and mousy and boring, that she prefers to read than to attend parties, that she disgraces herself in being friendly with inferior society, that she doesn't realize the value of being an Elliot, that she doesn't act her rank, etc.
I think her dislike and annoyance with her mousy sister is where the malice comes from, more from any jealousy of her.
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