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|Ch. 3: Marianne's ideals
Written by Jasmine D
(9/19/2012 11:51 a.m.)
Marianne has high ideals/expectations about her lover. She says to her mother, "I could not be happy with a man whose taste did not in every point coincide with my own. He must enter into all my feelings; the same books, the same music must charm us both." She goes on, "Mama, the more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!".
I've always sympathized/identified with Marianne when I read this chapter. My mother has taught me to set my standards high when considering a possible spouse. She always says to never settle for less. And ever since I was a teenager, I envisioned what my hero would be like. And like Marianne, it seems that "I shall never see a man whom I can really love", because I do have high expectations.
What do you think of Marianne's ideals? Is it good to set such high expectations? What kind of expectations can we form? At what point do those expectations become unreasonable?
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