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|Not just undervalues, deliberately ignores
Written by Laurel
(9/25/2006 9:05 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Marianne resolved to undervalue Brandon's merits, penned by Barbara
"Add to which," cried Marianne, "that he has neither genius, taste, nor spirit. That his understanding has no brilliancy, his feelings no ardour, and his voice no expression."
If she had been paying any attention to him at all (even before Willougby arrived on the scene), I think she might have allowed that Colonel Brandon had at least some, or perhaps even all, of the merits she mentions.
Elinor practically tells her so when she replies, "You decide on his imperfections so much in the mass...and so much on the strength of your own imagination...." But Marianne is unmoved.
To me, Marianne is behaving like a typical teenager -- very self-centered, quick to judge and to disregard any who disagree with her, and rather prone to flightiness. But I have hope that she'll outgrow the worst of these traits. :-)
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