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|Ch.37 Elinor tells it like it is - Marianne is chastened.
Written by Rachel G
(10/6/2009 2:44 p.m.)
At first Marianne's reactions are typical - she cries excessively and has to be comforted by Elinor. When Elinor explains how she has borne it, kept command of her feelings and arrived at a sort of acceptance, Marianne replies:
"If such is your way of thinking, ....if the loss of what is most valued is so easily to be made up by something else, your resolution, your self-command, are perhaps, a little less to be wondered at. -- They are brought more within my comprehension."
Exasperation doesn't begin to describe my feelings about Marianne here - I want to shake her or slap her. Of course Elinor does no such thing. Instead, in one long densely written paragraph - ("I understand you. ......... I was very unhappy.") Elinor tells it like it is, and with feeling - look at all the underlining. You go Girl!!
"Marianne was quite subdued.
At last! Marianne begins to see how selfish she has been, and in the following pages we see several instances of her making a real effort to curb her emotional impulses. And about time too!
Up to this point in the novel I have found very little to like about Marianne, though I have been trying to forgive her because of her immaturity, and I did feel very sorry for her when Willoughby dumped her so horribly. I think that Mrs Dashwood's consistent encouragement of Marianne's "Sensibility" was turning her into an over-indulged, self-centred young woman.
I sometimes wonder how a pairing between two such self-indulgent, attention-seeking individuals as Marianne and Willoughby could possibly have worked out well, even if Willoughby had not proved to be so callous and unprincipled. The idea of them trying to make things work once the initial passion had simmered down, and with the added challenges of a very tight income, is not a pretty one!.
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