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Written by CherylS
(8/27/2003 9:51 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR:suffering in love, penned by Barbara
Since this is my second reading of S&S I'm starting to feel less sorry for Marianne and her dramatics regarding her love and how she suffers. I'm sure it's tough, but it is nothing she does not bring upon herself with her over-romantic attitude towards life and her immaturity.
] I feel so sorry for Colonel Brandon when the Dashwoods first arrive in town and he comes to visit them that first evening.
I too always felt a pang of pain especially when I watch the movie at this point. Marianne does not realize while in her own world of suffering that she is causing suffering of a much worse kind for poor Colonel Brandon...I always feel for him and the situation...there's nothing worse than
] But, typical of the colonel, he is not upset for himself--he is concerned on Marianne's behalf, and wants to know if she is ill.
I think it's so sweet and touching and really shows the depths of love the Colonel is capable of on Marianne's behalf. He casts aside her rudeness and indifference and turns it around thinking she is ill.
] Elinor, too, directs her thoughts to Edward, feeling sorrow because "If her case were pitiable, his was hopeless," and "she wept for him more than for herself" considering what his future life will be like.
I totally agree with you on this point, nothing could be more true. They both suffer at the expense of love, but do not only think of themselves, but for those that they love and can't have. Elinor and the Colonel take this higher road of love and suffering because I think they are more mature and understand that love is not all poetry and flowers and gallantry, but it is difficult, it can cause great pain, and it can be wonderful if you work at it.
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