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|GR: She feels her feelings
Written by Barbara
(8/27/2003 2:45 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: I did say moments (-;, penned by joe m
] Brandon was able to see, in her time with Willoughby, a woman who loved without inhibition. (snip) While her attentions are directed towards another man, it's not too hard to imagine still loving despite the unrequited nature.
I think it has much to do with this. Earlier, in Ch. 11, he commented to Elinor (about Marianne) "there is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions." And, a bit later in the same chapter "when the romantic refinements of a young mind are obliged to give way, how frequently are they succeeded by such opinions as are but too common, and too dangerous!"
There is something about the way that Marianne really feels her feelings, deeply and without reserve, and the manner in which she hold to her convictions despite what anyone else may think that is extremely appealing to Brandon.
Elinor was convinced that the colonel spoke with the "tender recollection of past regard" when he said "I once knew a lady who in temper and mind greatly resembled your sister, who thought and judged like her..."
Whatever it is in this type of temper and unreserve and judgment, it is something that Brandon admires, even if he is not on the receiving end of the positive judgment.
None of this is to say, of course, that Marianne does not deserve a SUTH for her behaviour to Brandon and in general!
]Just think of her as Hermia, and he as Demetrius.
Ah! I see it more like he's Helena and she's the oblivious Demetrius.
Here's a speech of Helena's Brandon could make himself, if we changed the 'his' to 'her'
So I, admiring of his qualities:
Things base and vile, folding no quantity,
Love can transpose to form and dignity:
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind:
Nor hath Love's mind of any judgement taste;
Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste:
And therefore is Love said to be a child,
Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.
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