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Written by Cheryl
(9/1/2003 12:38 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR:Mothering Mariannne, penned by Barbara
Good question. If the grief Marianne and her mother went through on the death of Mr. Dashwood is any guide, then perhaps it is better Mrs. Dashwood wasn't there. They fed on each other's grief, and egged each other on.
But, I do think Mrs. Dashwood's letter to Marianne advising her to remain in London showed a great deal of sense. Marianne would have to exert herself sometimes in London - if she was at home, she would do nothing but wallow. Mrs. Dashwood was able to see this at least.
I thought this letter and how Mrs. Dashwood dealt with Marianne's loss the first real instance of Mothering she's really shown. She's not just entering into Marianne's feelings, as she has all along; she is offering some practical, thoughtful, this-will-be-for-your-own-good advise, as well as being very sympathetic.
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