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Written by Jenny Allan
(8/11/2003 3:44 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: real reasons, penned by Barbara
] "I have seen a great deal of him, have studied his sentiments and heard his opinion on subjects of literature and taste; and, upon the whole, I venture to pronounce that his mind is well-informed, his enjoyment of books exceedingly great, his imagination lively, his observation just and correct, and his taste delicate and pure.
I found this description to be cold and lifeless when I first read it. It doesn't really SHOW me anything about why she loves him. There's nothing concrete here for us to latch on to. Even though it's not a movie, I still need to see Elinor and Edward together, to really empathize with her plight throughout the novel. I realize that Elinor is trying to be cool and that Edward still needs to be a mystery, but why tell us his imagination is lively and never give us an instance to back that up? To me, Edward is not really a whole character and for me this was a flaw in the book. In the commentary to S&S2, ET described the Edward of the novel as a bit too rice pudding. Rice pudding when well done can be an excellent dish she observed, but she realized that for the movie, he needed to be a bit more attractive. I thought she was generous there. I felt like he wasn't even rice pudding. Maybe more like an after dinner mint.
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