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Written by Barbara
(9/16/2009 1:33 a.m.)
I am always intrigued by Colonel Brandon's conversation with Elinor in Ch. 11. He's trying to find out what Marianne thinks about second attachments, asks Elinor some very particular questions about Marianne's views, and reveals something of his own romantic past.
The whole conversation is full of things to discuss, but this part, in particular, intrigues me:
When he says 'This cannot hold', what is really meant by 'this'? Since it follows right after Elinor's comment that Marianne won't admit to a second attachment being pardonable, does he meant that it is impossible to hold onto such an opinion about second attachments?
The second part of that speech--about the romantic refinements of a young mind, etc. is almost a repeat of what he just said to Elinor a moment earlier : "something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions."
This must be something he really wants to emphasize, since he says it twice. What sorts of opinions are too common or too dangerous? What is it that he finds 'aimiable' about Marianne's opinions, since to him she has so far displayed nothing more than indifference?
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