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|Marianne's sense of humour
Written by Barbara
(9/22/2012 2:58 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Paradox in the personalities of Elinor & Marianne, penned by BarbaraB
I agree that because of Marianne's uninhibited manner of expressing her preferences, it can make you think she is more lively than Elinor, but in reality, she does not have much of a sense of humour.
Marianne thinks that her sensibility sets her apart from others, but really much of her behaviour is according to how she believes that a person of true sensibility and deep feelings ought to act. For example, following their father's death, both she and their mother seemed to feel it was necessary to wallow in their grief and 'encourage each other in the violence of their affliction'. Elinor found enjoyment in Edward's company and in his society at the same time that her mother and sister were seemingly prolonging their grief on purpose. This is not to say that they shouldn't have been grieving for Henry Dashwood, but it is still permissible to laugh and enjoy oneself, even while grieving.
When Marianne speaks to Elinor about her feelings for Edward, there is this exchange:
Marianne, as you say, gets all worked up about Elinor teasing her about Willoughby, yet Elinor's reaction was to laugh when Marianne was questioning her about her feelings for Edward.
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