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Written by Rachel G
(10/20/2009 2:01 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Passage of time, penned by Barb JA
I don't need to see any icky love stuff. (I very much prefer not to on the whole, imagination being so much more satisfactory than almost anything I've ever seen in print.) What I would have liked though, is to have been able to see Marianne and Brandon interacting, so that I get a sense of the energy between them.
An example of what I mean is the amusing mini-scene between Elinor and Edward near the end of Ch.49, which starts with Edward's little rant ("A letter of proper submission!....).
"You may certainly ask to be forgiven," said Elinor, "because you have offended; -- and I should think you might now venture so far as to profess some concern for having ever formed the engagement which drew on you your mothers anger."
"And when she has forgiven you, perhaps a little humility may be convenient while acknowledging a second engagement, almost as imprudent in her eyes, as the first."
This scene is amusing in itself but I think also works on another level.
It would have been nice to have one or two examples of Marianne and Brandon interacting, so that we could see the synergy between them and have a more immediate sense of the esteem and lively friendship which Marianne felt when she agreed to marry the Colonel. Since her conviction of his fond attachment only bursts on her "at last", I can see that such a scene might have been difficult to work into the flow of the narrative.
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