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Written by Barbara
(9/8/2009 1:19 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Farewell to Norland., penned by Rachel G
One of the ideas present throughout the novel is that while Marianne believes that her brand of sensibility means that she has deeper and more profound feelings than others around her, in fact her reactions to situations where she is supposed to feel a certain emotion--joy, sorrow, regret, etc.--are all very much prescribed and calculated by the dictates of this type of sensibility.
In this case, bidding 'adieu' to her home means that she must wander around and forlornly say goodbye to every thing, lamenting their parting. It sounds phony because it is phony. By that I mean that Marianne already has this script running in her head of what she oughtto do and say in such a circumstance. She really does feel sad, no doubt, but her reaction is prescribed rather than genuine.
Check out this 1722 poem called 'The Force of Love'
Does this not sound like what Marianne is trying to say here? No doubt she has lines of poetry in her mind, and thinks that the most appropriate way to express her sadness is to wander around, expressing her thoughts in a poetic way.
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