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Written by Ann2
(10/28/2006 9:56 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sister Relationships Round-up (long), penned by Robbin
As you have said, in the three pairs in S&S there is one who's at least seemingly more in control and one less able - or in Marianne's case less inclined? - to handle the society about her in a mature way. [Although she improves as the novel progresses.]
I've not been around to follow every week of the GR and so don't know whether you have mentioned the possible impact of which place among the siblings a child/girl occupies.(Sorry if this is a convoluted sentence).
Marianne is the younger one of the Dashwood sisters(sorry Margaret, you are still a child), her mother's favourite and also the one most like Mrs Dashwood.
Is Willoughby an only child? An orphan at an early age? Are the Steele sisters left to fend for themselves very early? Who loved them?
I've not read all the Austen biographies in my bookcase, but from what I recall, neither of her daughters was very close to Mrs Austen.
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