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Written by Kristen G.
(9/10/2003 4:34 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: First stirrings of respect for Marianne (long), penned by KateL
] "Oh! Elinor," she cried, "you have made me hate myself for ever. How barbarous have I been to you! -- you, who have been my only comfort, who have borne with me in all my misery, who have seemed to be only suffering for me! -- Is this my gratitude! Is this the only return I can make you? Because your merit cries out upon myself, I have been trying to do it away."
I'm not so sure I like this bit. She could have said, "Oh! Elinor, how barbarous have I been to you!" and it's Marianne saying she was wrong (way to go, Marianne!). But when she says, "You have made me hate myself...."
Gee, that's not a very nice thing to say, is it? Doesn't this kind of dump more stress on Elinor? Isn't it bad enough that she has lost her love and has watched Marianne suffer without her feeling that she has now made Marianne feel really guilty?
I hate that line. Why did JA throw it in? It seems to me that Marianne is still centered on herself and thinks, as my sister would say, that the world revolves around her head.
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