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|GR: Dr. Jennings and Mrs. Hyde 8-)
Written by Mary Anne
(9/1/2003 9:07 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR:Mothering Mariannne, penned by Barbara
] It seems like Ch. 30 gives us a chance to see what Mrs. Jennings is really like, rather than just how the Dashwoods perceive her, and also to appreciate her genuine kindness. . . we see her doing absolutely everything in her power to try to help Marianne.
Pardon the goofy subject line, but my own feelings about Mrs. Jennings went through so material a change on my first read that I thought it appropriate. ;-)
This comparison is going to sound strange, but in a way she reminds me of Desdemona's maid, Emilia, in Othello. She drives me nuts with her loudmouthed, tactless behaviour and her stupidity in the matter of the handkerchief, but by the end of the play I'm ready to throw flowers to her because she so obviously loves Desdemona, stands up for her, and will NOT participate in any deception that would blacken Desdemona's reputation. Granted, it's a much more grim situation than we get in S&S; Emilia dies in Desdemona's defense.
But I remember having the same sensation when we see Mrs. Jennings discover the truth about Marianne and Willoughby, declaring that she never would have teased so about it if she knew the truth, and by the time she gets to "I wish with all my soul his wife may plague his heart out" I was ready to stand up and cheer. I can think of few characters that I'm so ready to strangle one moment and kiss the next!
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