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|Paradox in the personalities of Elinor & Marianne
Written by BarbaraB
(9/22/2012 11:41 a.m.)
I noticed something interesting during this GR. Marianne has the lively, uninhibited personality while we see Elinor as the one who works to keep a rein on her feelings and comes across as very self-contained. And yet, if you think about it, Elinor is the one who shows wit, humor and teases. I don't want to say that Marianne never jokes or teases but I'm hard-pressed to think of a single time that I can point to and does she ever really laugh? She almost comes off as high-strung in a way. In chapter 10 when Elinor teases her about her eagerness in conversation with Willoughby on his first visit, Marianne gets so worked up that their mother has to point out to her that, "You must not be so offended with Elinor---she was only in jest." There's something quite genius in the way JA pulls this off the juxtaposition of their personalities in relation to each other and within themselves.
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