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Written by Heidi M.
(9/25/2006 6:56 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Marianne resolved to undervalue Brandon's merits, penned by Barbara
I think that Marianne is completely insensible to the regard that Col. Brandon has for her. I think, and this is just speculation/opinion, that Marianne has it in her head that Mrs. Jennings could not be right about anything, and just doesn't think that Brandon could be pining away for her. (Pining is probably too strong a word, but that's what Marianne would call it.)
The only back-up I have for this is chapter 10, when Elinor becomes aware of Brandon's love for Marianne just as Mrs. Jennings and Sir John give up teasing her about it. I think that if it took this long for Elinor to realize it, then it must certainly be a mystery to Marianne.
I also think that Marianne stays away from Col. Brandon because of the teasing from Mrs. Jennings and Sir John. If they hadn't teased her, she might have regarded his opinions and friendship as something interesting, but they killed the relationship by being...well...idiots.
I do wish, though, that Elinor were less reserved towards Marianne. A situation such as this, where she feels that Brandon was disappointed in love, would certainly be of interest to Marianne, and I think that Marianne would have been a little kinder to him because of it. However, she shouldn't have *needed* to know that to be nice to him. Besides, it might have stirred up her opinions a bit to think of Brandon as having been in love with someone at some point in his life, I'm sure he's nothing like the tragic heroes of her imagination.
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