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|Marianne's first impression (long)
Written by Karen G.
(9/10/2009 11:09 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The gravity of Colonel Brandon..., penned by janelt
It comes across as absurd - that's the word that came to mind when reading JA's description of Marianne's feelings about CB's age as much as Fanny Dashwood's talking her husband out of his "resolution" of helping his step mother and sisters.
You can tell Marianne is very much into her sense that everyone should be as highly sensitized as her. And even her initial favorable impression she had of CB devolved based on her sense that he is SO OLD at age 35.
Bad thing - her "sense" (rather her own insensibility of feelings of anyone who is not highly sensitive and 16 years of age)
The older I get, the more silly her "reasonable" thoughts are! I'm nearly rolling in my grave at age 35. But as a single woman, my life was over 8 years ago!
"A woman of seven-and-twenty," said Marianne, after pausing a moment, "can never hope to feel or inspire affection again; and if her home be uncomfortable, or her fortune small, I can suppose that she might bring herself to submit to the offices of a nurse, for the sake of the provision and security of a wife. In his marrying such a woman, therefore, there would be nothing unsuitable. It would be a compact of convenience, and the world would be satisfied. In my eyes it would be no marriage at all, but that would be nothing. To me it would seem only a commercial exchange, in which each wished to be benefited at the expense of the other."
And funny thing, she uses the word "absurd"!
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