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|Your explanation nearly ripped *my* heart in two!
Written by Erica M.
(9/28/2009 12:12 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, She "almost screamed with agony", penned by Anselm
It's clear even Elinor could find no "drama queen" acting in this scene! She cries quite as much with Marianne. As she says, this amount of emotion is shocking...but also necessary to be shown, or it will be repressed.
I do wonder if perhaps J.A. was contrasting this type of grief with Marianne's formulaic reaction to Willoughby's leaving Barton in Chapter 16. As Peter Leithart mentions in the book "Miniatures and Morals", there is nothing satiric in Austen's description here. She has called us all to have a good laugh at Marianne with her overly dramatic flourishes, then hit us in the head with a view of *real* grief.
(And I agree with you about Charlotte Bronte's opinion...but I wonder if Marianne would have had a similar opinion had she read Jane Austen? ;-D)
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