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Written by Julia Mac
(8/27/2013 10:53 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Contrary minded, penned by Sonja K.
I agree that her pain is great, and that she believes that she is not doing it to make herself more important to others. But she also suffers from self-absorption, and seems to think that no one else has suffered like she has! It is very self-destructive, even physically. Though my slap comment was made in jest, perhaps that may have been the only way to get through to her.
I think my personality is such that I find it hard to sympathise with this type of behaviour. Yes, her pain is great, but it is not the worst, and she does owe it to her family to try to control herself. I should acknowledge that at 17 she is probably far too young to understand the subtlties of Elinor's behaviour, but it is also a personality thing, and she suffers from that youthful mistake of believing that you are the first to experience such things.
I agree about Elinor, she would be a lovely friend to have. I love her snarky sense of humour, and her loyalty (which is something also admirable in Marianne). The Dashwoods are a loyal family (well their branch anyway. John is anything but!)
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