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|Looking for Colonel Brandon's good points
Written by Pennie
(9/29/2006 2:07 a.m.)
Well having been AWOL all week I thought I would come in with my focus post on Col Brandon before the week was up. Barbara has lead some excellent discussions on Willoughby and Marianne's dislike of him, and his natural daughter. Willoughby comments about Brandon in ch 10:
Brandon is just the kind of man... whom every body speaks well of, and nobody cares about
He is highly esteemed by all the family at the Park, and I never see him myself without taking pains to converse with him<
The reason I wanted to focus on the Colonel is because of this passage. With such violent dislike of him by W and M it's hard to remember those who do esteem him, and remember precisely what his good points are, although you know that they exist. When you look for them though, they're quite visable. Here are some of them:
- He has strong feelings as evidenced by his attraction to Marianne, and talk of past disappointments. However he shows discretion in not discussing the mystery woman, and not allowing his feelings for Marianne to be shown when they are not reciprocated. (ch 10)
- He is sensible, informed, travelled, well bred. These are considered and informed reasons which Elinor gives, as opposed to Willoughby's petty jealousy, so I'm inclined to believe E (ch 10)
- We are given direct evidence of CB's sense and manners when he talks to E in Ch 11. We also see further evidence of her regard for him. That he is the only person E feels she can have as a friend at Barton raises my opinion of him. (ch 11)
- He shows that he has similar sensibilities to Marianne, and how suitable a partner he is for her, during that lovely passage on the 'prejudices of a young mind'. My goodness the man is smitten! (ch 11)
- In spite of having a natural daughter, he behaves honourably by supporting her, and once again discreetly by not mentioning her. (ch 13)
- Mrs Jennings cares very much about CB's affairs. Willougby says this is censure but I'm inclined to not care (I will post about this shortly). He is very prudent with money, raising a nearly ruined estate back to prosperity (ch 14)
I probably gave greater credence to Willoughby's rash statements in my first read due to his charming manner, and it's only in later reads when I knew better.
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