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Written by Kristina F
(2/16/2013 4:28 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Showing relationships by symbols and dialog, penned by Robbin
...against your description of S&S3's Colonel Brandon as a "bristling angry man." I do not see this at all, and I think if you watch the scenes with him gently encouraging Marianne in her efforts to learn a challenging piece of music (which he generously gave her) and the tender scene at Eliza's bedside in which he reassures her that she will want for nothing, you will understand why I disagree with your assessment. There are many other tender moments with him in addition to the ones I described. Actually, one of the reasons I dislike what was done with Brandon's character in S&S2 is that he does NOT show any particular affection for or tenderness toward his ward, Eliza. He coldly refers to her as "headstrong" and an "illegitimate child"; if he is supposed to be a caring guardian, then this isn't made clear to the audience. There is a scene in the original S&S2 screenplay with him finding Eliza, expressing shock over her pregnancy, and comforting her. This scene should have been left in the film, IMO, as it would have been the only scene to show any sort of fatherly love from Brandon to Eliza.
Additionally, I don't really agree that the ripe fruit at Delaford in S&S3 is meant to symbolize Marianne's readiness for a romantic and sexual relationship with Brandon. I do agree that the fruit is meant to be symbolic, but I think that another equally valid interpretation could be that it symbolizes Brandon's ability to provide for Marianne and be a good husband. Contrast Brandon's ripe, appetizing, plentiful fruit with Willoughby's paltry offering of wild strawberries earlier in the adaptation; Willoughby's strawberries are small, will not last long, and cannot be gathered over and over again indefinitely, whereas Brandon's fruits from Delaford have been carefully tended to, and as long as the plants continue to be nurtured, they will always bear fruit.
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