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|GR: Intelligence and Happiness
Written by Chandra
(8/19/2003 11:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Charlotte, penned by Mary Anne
] In this, she's a great deal like her mother, I think. Mrs. Jennings is somewhat more intelligent and we see later that she is capable of getting angry, but good nature seems to be one of her ruling qualities. Make me wonder how much part intelligence plays in happiness . . . ?
May contain spoilers!!! Pray avert your eyes should you not want a most delightful ending revealed to you!
A large part, according to Jane. The people who are intelligent and exercise caution in marriage (or learn to) by marrying one whom they know they can make happy and one who can, in turn, secure their happiness are Elinor, Edward, Marianne and Colonel Brandon. We can see that they all come out the happiest. The people who are intelligent but perhaps a little thoughtless in matters of the heart are Mr Palmer and Lady Middleton. They could have done better, but did not, hence, because they are intelligent enough to realize their misfortune in marrying the wrong person, they are not as happy as they might be. People who would have been satisfied with anyone - Charlotte, Sir John, and Mrs Jennings. All are much too foolish to care.
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