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Written by James S.
(10/17/2006 5:57 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Not supposition at all, penned by Barbara
How can Brandon discover M's worth, in the days of M's attachment to W, when the man does not talk to the woman? As Pennie shrewdly points out, CB does not have a conversation with the lady. You may or may not find a passage which intimates that CB had a talk with Marianne, probably in the company of Elinor and half the populace of Barton -- but so what? He looks at her, and looks at her, and for variation, talks to Elinor and looks at her.
CB must be some observer of the ways of men and women to devine Marianne's soul from so great a distance. What stimulates him is the knowledge that she is not his. This replays the Eliza scenario.
I hope that my posts have made CB an interesting, flawed, and unconventional character to other posters. That is all these posts have been. An attempt not to believe everything Brandon says about himself, or everything that Elinor may intimate. This enhances him, and does not diminish him. Each character in S&S is flawed, and has motives unknown to himself or herself, motives which may not be noble. This is what makes S&S literature, and not melodramtic trash. In melodramatic trash, you have pure heroes and pure villians. CB is neither. Nor is Lucy Steele. Or any of JA's characters.
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