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Written by Robbin
(10/11/2009 12:03 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Broken hearts in modern times., penned by Rachel G
I agree there was less freedom to engage in emotional relationships in the past. There was not multiple relationships (of any kind) by which a young girls heart might be toughened. Marianne is a virgin to the kind of emotions her relationship with Willoughby creates and even if she had been willing to (attempt to) govern her feelings (like Elinor) she still might have been overpowered by them from their intensity. Several people have said Marianne did not need any help falling in love with Willoughby but I think that is not really true. While Marianne was eager to get to know Willoughby had she understood his true nature she would never have loved him. His deceit played a major role in beguiling her into falling in love with him. Marianne really fell in love with a man who did not exist. I think it is a good idea to exercise caution until the other personís affections can be determined but caution cannot always successfully govern emotions. Elinor tried to be cautious but fell in love anyway and was hurt and disappointed while Marianne loved without caution and was also hurt and disappointed. Elinor had the advantage of dignity. (:D)
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