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|Yet Marianne was guilty of much the same behaviour...
Written by Divya
(10/4/2009 12:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ye well-known trees: Who will remain to enjoy you?, penned by Robbin
"Perhaps, Elinor, it was rather ill-judged in me to go to Allenham; but Mr. Willoughby wanted particularly to shew me the place; and it is a charming house I assure you. There is one remarkably pretty sitting room up stairs; of a nice comfortable size for constant use, and with modern furniture it would be delightful. It is a corner room, and has windows on two sides. On one side you look across the bowling-green, behind the house, to a beautiful hanging wood, and on the other you have a view of the church and village, and, beyond them, of those fine bold hills that we have so often admired. I did not see it to advantage, for nothing could be more forlorn than the furniture, -- but if it were newly fitted up -- a couple of hundred pounds, Willoughby says, would make it one of the pleasantest summer-rooms in England."
In her self-centredness, Marianne has failed to consider that Allenham might be to Mrs. Smith what Norland was to her (Marianne). If Mrs. Smith were of Marianne's cast of mind, she might well say something along the lines of "Ye well-known furniture, who will remain to enjoy you after I am gone?" At least Fanny and John are the current residents of Norland and can legally do as they please (not that I'm trying to justify them, by any means!). For all her sensibility, Marianne is being rather vulgar here in planning improvements to a house that she has seen only once, whose owner she has not even met... and all on the strength of a supposed engagement that we now know not to have taken place. Badly done, Marianne!
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