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Written by JoAnn
(9/17/2009 1:50 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mommy Dearest, penned by Robbin
This is only my second time reading S&S, though since my first read I've become well acquainted with the movie adaptations. I'm really struck in these first chapters with how Mrs. Dashwood is portrayed as being so similar to Marianne, much in the way that Mrs. Bennet is similar to Lydia. That doesn't come through in the movie adaptations (except maybe the most recent), and I'd lost sight of its being the case.
I think that what we're seeing in this conversation between Mrs. D and Elinor is a reflection of the Marianne-like parts of Mrs. D's personality - Mrs. D can't possibly imagine anything wrong with the relationship between Marianne and Willoughby because she's so convinced of its meeting the romantic ideal, and is determined to be offended by anyone else daring to think differently.
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