Posted by Helen on October 21, 1997 at 13:37:36:
In response to Serene dilema, written by Hil on October 19, 1997 at 06:03:26
] ] ] Still, though, jumping up again to attraction to these types in the first place, I guess I must have outgrown what seems to me to be an obsessive, got-to-have-you OJ type since last reading Jane Eyre. Grown up or jaded, I am not sure which, but I find these days I prefer a more serene, less desperate type of attachment.
] ] "As though [you] never can recapture/ That first fine careless rapture..." - I don't think it's necessarily more grown-up, just more serene: look at Agnes Grey, written by Charlotte Bronte's younger sister, which contains all the serenity left out of the rest of the Bronte canon! Serenity is good, I just wish I had some...
] ] Helen
] I was thinking about this over the last few days. It seems to me that the less desperate was what JA advocated, if thats not too strong a word. She is about that dilema between wanting to be swept off your feet (I know this is different from the obsessive OJ type, Amy), and being more serene. Maybe this is the irrisistable attraction of CF's Darcy: he is both. Darcy is the serene choice for Elizabeth, yet as played by CF, (and you can see it in the book too), he is also capable of a bit of sweeping off feet. Does this make sense? I am surrounded by distraction!
I think that's why we are able to centre our whole community on JA rather than on another author: she contains both the passion and the reason, even if she values the serene over the passionate. Most people, eg. Bronte, are so eager to emphasize the one over the other that they shut out the option of the other one.
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