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Written by Pete
(5/21/2013 9:27 a.m.)
A puzzle I've thought about and seen discussed is why Anne's "best friend" knows of Elliot's wickedness but does not mention it to Anne when she thinks, possibly, maybe Anne might be gonna accept a proposal of marriage from him. But then after Anne is well rid of him Mrs Smith tells her.
I want to explore the fact that of the three screen adaptations (that I know of), 1 (the first one) maintains that sequence of events and has Mrs Smith know about Elliot earlier but only tell Anne later. The other two adaptation, IIRC, alter the sequence of events and have Mrs "just" find out about Elliot SUCH that it eliminates even the possibility of her telling Anne before she rejects Elliot.
I'm not asking if you agree/disagree with what Austen had Mrs Smith did. I'm wondering how do you feel about screenwriters who take events like this and juxtaposition the timeline, apparently just to, I dunno, alter the audience's perception of a character like Mrs Smith.
Screenwriters often and permiscuousily alter script IMHO just to make the person say less shocking things. But rarely do they have events shifted around like this.
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