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Written by Mandy N
(10/13/2006 6:54 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Very interesting Mandy, penned by Jan
Jan, thanks for your great response. You have expressed yourself thoughtfully and quite succintly- I'm the rambly one !
We know JA tells us 'Elinor had an excellent heart; her disposition was affectionate, and her feelings were strong: but she knew how to govern them: it was a knowledge ...which one of her sisters had resolved never to be taught.' (ch.1).
My impression is JA intends us to see Elinor as warm natured yet she governs her feelings with sense and intelligence.
I think you perceived my definition of 'sensibility' is simplistic.
Sensibilty applies to thought as well as feeling; thinking and seeing conducted sharply and quickly.
Elinor suspects of Colonel Brandon 'the misery of disappointed love had already been known by him' (ch.11) she shows her sensibility- being sensitive and quick in her perception.
I am sure Elinor does not hide her innermost emotions due to society's rules. Rather, she uses her own judgement. I think she accepts her social role- she's polite to John when they meet. Yet she remains aware of the truth of people like Lucy Steele.
In regard to your point re: Elinor's sensibility is actually greater;
Yet Elinor can be attentive to social forms. After Willoughby abruptly leaves, she tells her mother 'I want no proof of their affection but of their engagement I do'. (ch. 15)
The title tells us 'Sense And Sensibility' can mutally
As for the see-saw notion in the S&S1 credits, I don't know if distorting mirror images of the sisters- their eyes and expressions- would reflect interactions of Sense & Sensiblility within individuals more accurately or maybe too abstract.
Debates on sense and sensiblity or reason and emotion or the Nature of Man- good or bad ? raged in society in various forms through the Eighteenth century, sometimes called the Age of Reason. My impression is these ideas are an unfinished perpetual debate.
Pardon lengthy response. I hope these thoughts are of some interest and not too rambled. :)
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