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|Inconsistencies.... Marianne's and JA's?
Written by Anselm
(9/29/2009 7:29 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Purposefully murky, penned by Barb JA
There's no way this matches her insistence that "I could not be happy with a man whose taste did not in every point coincide with my own. He must enter into all my feelings; the same books, the same music must charm us both" (Ch.3). In fact, it sounds more like puppy love to me - exactly what you'd expect from a 17-year-old puppy!
On the other hand, how does this square with his easy acceptance of her every whim:
...her favourite authors were brought forward and dwelt upon with so rapturous a delight, that any young man of five-and-twenty must have been insensible indeed, not to become an immediate convert to the excellence of such works, however disregarded before. Their taste was strikingly alike. The same books, the same passages were idolized by each -- or, if any difference appeared, any objection arose, it lasted no longer than till the force of her arguments and the brightness of her eyes could be displayed. He acquiesced in all her decisions, caught all her enthusiasm...(Ch.10)
Who actually agreed with whom? One possible reconciliation of this apparent discrepancy is that for Marianne everything he did and said was right - but only because "the force of her arguments and the brightness of her eyes" had converted him to her way of thinking in the first place. In other words, she was agreeing with herself.
What do others think?
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