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|Annamaria/Marianne in Reverse
Written by BarbaraB
(9/27/2009 10:44 p.m.)
I was reminded of the incident involving Annamaria's injury and the effort to placate her with various soothings and treats. We get a parallel performance from Mrs. Jennings and Marianne after Willoughby's letter announcing his affections for another and the subsequent information that he will indeed be marrying Miss Grey:
"Their good friend saw that Marianne was unhappy, and felt that everything was due to her which might make her at all less so. She treated her, therefore, with all the indulgent fondness of a parent towards a favourite child on the last day of its holidays. Marianne was to have the best place by the fire, was to be tempted to eat by every delicacy in the house, and to be amused by the relation of all the news of the day. Had not Elinor, in the sad countenance of her sister, seen a check to all mirth, she could have been entertained by Mrs. Jennings's endeavours to cure a disappointment in love, by a variety of sweetmeats and olives, and a good fire. As soon, however, as the consciousness of all this was forced by continual repetition on Marianne, she could stay no longer."
Very similar scenes imo.
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