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|Reason vs. love
Written by Laura Marie
(10/24/2011 8:02 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Meeting at Molland's, penned by Cheryl
I love the line: "Her start was perceptible only to herself; but she instantly felt that she was the greatest simpleton in the world, the most unaccountable and absurd!"
One of the things I really love about this novel is how honest it is about Anne's interior life, and how relatable that makes her. I think many of us can relate to that struggle to be rational, to reason away our feelings. Anne, of course, has very deep feelings, but is also a very rational, in-control person. However, she still can't help the way she feels when she sees Captain Wentworth. But I suppose that's one of the wonderful/maddening things about love - it's not something we can control!
I think it's a theme Austen brings up often, that tug-of-war between reason and love - "In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed." (P&P)
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