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|Is Mrs. Dashwood scripted?
Written by Barb JA
(9/17/2009 10:50 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Living her romantic sensibilities, penned by Robbin
Do we know that Mrs. Dashwood's behavior is scripted? I tend to think she's more naturally overly emotional.
Returning to Ch. 1 a minute
Sometimes their behavior appears the same (ex. creating sorrow again and again), but not always. We are not shown Mrs. Dashwood going around speaking poetically of leaves, and she doesn't seem to require other people to behave in a certain manner like Marianne does.
She seems to discern Elinor and Edward's attachment without requiring exact displays of attachment. Yes, she jumps to conclusions about what that means.
Here are a couple of quotes from Mrs. Dashwood that show a distinction between her and Marianne.
In Ch. 3, after Marianne laments at Edward's tame reading and lack of real taste, Mrs Dashwood says
And in Ch. 8, Marianne thinks Edward must be ill, because that could be the only reason he hasn't visited them yet.
"Had you any idea of his coming so soon?" said Mrs. Dashwood. "I had none. On the contrary, if I have felt any anxiety at all on the subject, it has been in recollecting that he sometimes shewed a want of pleasure and readiness in accepting my invitation, when I talked of his coming to Barton. Does Elinor expect him already?"
Indeed, I think Mrs. Dashwood is the more perceptive of the two. Don't you think it's strange that Elinor explained her fears to Marianne and she basically ignored them? We are not told of Elinor confiding in her mother on this point, yet Mrs. Dashwood does perceive something is wrong.
Perhaps the difference is subtle, I just thought I'd throw it out there.
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