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|Is height a beauty standard?
Written by Mary Ellen
(9/27/2006 6:22 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, But..., penned by Barbara
From the particular quotation being discussed I would guess that proportion might be important. And from the quote from P&P I might guess that symmetry might be important also. But JA does say 'the advantage of height' which does not make height sound like a bad thing.
And I'm not sure if curvy or thin were more popular at the time either. JA might not have been refering to either height or girth. She might have even been saying that Elinor had better posture and that Marianne tended to slouch.
Certainly I believe that JA is saying that beauty is not something that can be catagorically defined; beauty is rather something one knows when one sees it. And she is saying that Marianne had a little more of that undefinable quality.
Whether JA intended either Marianne or Elinor to be taller seems like a debatable point.
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