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Written by Barbara
(9/13/2009 7:15 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Descriptions of the Miss Dashwoods, penned by kathleen (elder)
I find it interesting that while their personalities were descsribed from the very start of the novel, we don't get physical descriptions of them until Willoughby is forming his opinion of them! "Of their personal charms he had not required a second interview to be convinced."
It seems to be the narrator, but it is almost as though we have entered Willoughby's thoughts and viewpoint for a moment. Calling Elinor 'Miss Dashwood' particularly gives this impression and also the fact that more of Marianne's expression in her eyes is revealed as Willougbhy looks at her.
I agree that I read that as Marianne being taller than Elinor.
It's funny because I think all the S&S adaptations have Marianne as fair and/or with blue eyes. Clearly, though she is quite dark. One book I read described her beauty as 'gypsyish' and almost exotic-looking.
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