The logical conclusion
Posted by Cyndie on March 24, 1998 at 19:15:27:
In response to The ending, written by Cheryl on March 24, 1998 at 11:39:32
I have read several critiques of Sense and Sensibility in which the writer complained of Jane Austen's rush to the happy ending. I never felt so much that she was quickly tying up loose ends, as that she was bringing things to their logical conclusion. Marianne's change of heart ultimately makes Brandon an obvious choice for her. While he does not pursue her with the passionate fire of John Willoughby, his affection has been constant, unwavering, and she knows him to be honorable and respectable; all things that are not a part of Willoughby's character, and therefore all the more attractive after Willoughby's truly selfish behavior is revealed. I HAVE always been a bit disappointed that their relationship is commented on rather than developed over, say, a chapter, but the end result is not dissatisfying. Do you agree? (I am new, by the way, so I suppose I should have started with a hello!
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