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Written by joe m
(9/16/2003 9:15 a.m.)
To me, this shows that Marianne's change is not just an over-reaction. She has put real thought into her past behavior, and with discernment, is spelling out all the things for which she is to blame. I say with discernment because she's aware that John and Fanny deserve little respect, yet she failed to even give that little. Had this been a self-flaggelation where she blames herself for everything without taking into account the nature of the undeserving, then I would say that it was a thoughtless repudiation of her former self.
It takes a greatness of mind, I think, to realize on the one hand, that John and Fanny are not worthy of her devotion and love, yet they do deserve some, (if only very little), respect.
This makes her self-berating over her insolence and unjust behavior towards all their other acquaintences far more believable.
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