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Written by Vianne
(8/12/2003 3:43 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: She deserved one long before that, penned by joe m
] (snip) She shows how incredibly self-centered she is by being oblivious to the fact that Elinor is a deep feeling person. She's so self-absorbed that she can't even fathom a person more reserved than herself, (which is probably 99.95% of the population), is capable of having any feelings whatsoever.
Yes, Marianne's devaluing of Elinor's feelings is certainly insensitive (and this from the queen of sensibility!), and I am irked by her statement in Ch. 3, because it shows that her sensibility and sensitivity extend only to that which concerns and interests herself, but to me (just IMHO), her snotty set-down of the "agéd" Colonel's matrimonial prospects is the first instance where I become positively exasperated with her. Her tone here is so absolutely condescending; she makes it so clear that she considers that notion of a match between herself and Brandon as insulting and ridiculous beyond description, while completely ignoring the fact that her comments must be a little painful to her mother as well. I just find her insufferable for the first time at this juncture, while before this, I find her merely immature and self-centered.
] In these first 12 chapters, she's not a whole lot better than Fanny. (snip)
Harsh censure, indeed! ;o) I suppose I am a little more lenient here; Marianne may be selfish, immature, insensitive, snotty, &c., but she lacks Fanny's conniving cruelty. Marianne inflicts pain inadvertently, because she does not see beyond the fog of her own notions, but Fanny is deliberately cruel.
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