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Written by Lucy K
(9/21/2003 9:07 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: And, not or, penned by Barbara
Well, one could also interpret the "and" as a conjunction of two separate things ie the two sisters each representing one or the other vs the combination or blending as you did.
] I think the 'and' is the whole point there. One is not meant to 'win out' over the other or conquer the other. They are not mutually exclusive. The ideal is to strive for balance.
I agree that Marianne may have learned to balance her remarkable passion with some control and common sense. But what about Elinor?
While Elinor did keep her feelings in good regulation, do you think she truly learned, by the end of the novel, to express her feelings more? I think she did get ignored far too much. Putting aside her skillful comments to Lucy (which we the intelligent readers all understood well enough) she did let Lucy walk all over her far too much. Everyone put too much stock in her "strength" and her ability to handle problems. She was only 19 and yet because she wasn't the squeaky wheel as Marianne was, she didn't get the comfort and advice she needed. She was just left to flounder about on her own. And while things turned out okay for her, it wasn't anything of her doing that assisted her eventual success.
] Lacking in one of the qualities, or allowing one to be expressed to the exclusion of the other is no recipe for happiness.
Well, do you think John and Fanny were "happy"? What about Lucy? Or Charlotte? None of these people were particularly balanced personalities but I don't think they suffered too much from it. I believe that by making them all somehow "successful" in their own way JA may have been making a subtle comment about how we each write our own recipe for happiness. Happiness and success is how we define it.
So....taking the original premise of my question again ie did sense or sensibility make out better in the end -- I think I just blew my own premise!!!
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