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|Marianne's new awareness.
Written by nan duval
(10/23/2009 10:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Brandon & Marianne - Show, don't tell., penned by Rachel G
While I agree that it might have been nice to be able to observe Marianne's affection for Colonel Brandon unfolding, & I agree that chapter 50 does have a bit of a rushed feeling, I can't believe that anything JA wrote was anything but deliberate so she didn't just send off her outline in order to make the printer's schedule.
I think after her illness Marianne was ready to see the world with new eyes. I think she was able to see that Colonel Brandon was the possessor of all the virtues she had formerly attributed to Willoughby; she recognized his quiet, generous & unpossessive passion for her, and that awakened a true affection in her for him.
Throughout the book we see Marianne articulating her ideals, occasionally the superficial ones of taste & rapture, but also we get glimpses of her sense that actions should have moral underpinnings--she just thinks the moral underpinnings always have to be combined with the overwrought expression she approves. We do see her grow to understand that deep & passionate feelings can exist in externally calm people--she comes to know it first in Elinor & then in the Colonel.
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