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Written by BarbaraB
(9/20/2003 6:09 a.m.)
*THE GROOMS In my estimation the Colonel and Edward are both honorable and good men though I think the Col. is a far superior character. Edward's flaws and errors are fairly obvious. The Colonel has two things that I can think of offhand that might be considered as flaws. The first is that he has allowed the past events with Eliza to impact his life for too long a time. It has ruined what was apparently a naturally lively nature and kept certain feelings on hold for years. He is very eligible and if he had been open to the notion of someday meeting someone there is a good chance that he would have met a woman worthy of him long before now. It is something he didn't seem to even want to consider. Until Marianne comes on the scene and jolts him out of his disallusionment with her similarities to Eliza he seemed 'happy' to live with the status quo. The other thing is--well, I want to say he should have informed the Dashwoods of Willoughby's character after the duel though I'm having a hard time convincing myself of this entirely. I realize he loved Marianne so much he wanted to see her happy. But after Willoughby's dispicable behavior has been so well detailed, I can't see that he would have been doing her any favors. It would have been kind of like letting her walk into a lion's den. Then I wondered how he would go about it such a thing. It would seem that the proper way to handle it would be to inform a male member of the family who would then relay the information to the ladies who could then determine their actions. Ok, I then realized that the only two male members were John Dashwood and Sir John. The Colonel would be imparting private/delicate information relating to himself as well. He didn't know JD (and if he did...) and though Sir John was a good friend, he lacked decorum. So I could see how he'd be reluctant and sympathize with the position in which he found himself. Still... Hmmmm, a tough call, indeed.
*ENDING/REWRITING JA I can't help wishing the ending could have been fleshed out a bit more. I think some of the criticism we read about is often a result of the fact that it is wrapped up so quickly. The age factor isn't a problem for me but if we could have seen the courtship between CB and Marianne it I think it would have worked better. The movie plays better because we do get to see a small part of the courtship. Nevertheless, chagrin and all (see below), I do love reading the final chapter, getting all the loose ends tied up and seeing the Dashwoods ladies settled into their marriages with decent men.
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