Posted by Ann on June 12, 1997 at 22:51:24:
In reply to Re: Now that we're discussing all the books...my opinion of S&S posted by Jane Elizabeth on June 12, 1997 at 10:33:51
] The book leaves me somewhat depressed. Marianne has been essentially coerced into marrying Brandon by her well-meaning friends, and despite the "never loves by halves" it seems that the damper has been put on her emotions, which were her best, if most destructive feature.
According to JA, she loved CB as much as she ever did Willoughby. I think this novel suffers from the same problem as MP, in that one of the love stories essentially takes place outside of the pages of the book, and is mentioned as sort of an epilogue. Both the Marianne/Brandon and Edmund/Fanny love stories happen after the action of the books has concluded, thus we are left dissatisfied. JA's telling us that both couples were truly in love isn't enough, because we weren't allowed to see it for ourselves.
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