Posted by Hil on March 25, 1998 at 15:32:04:
In response to Sense and Sensibility, written by Cheryl on March 23, 1998 at 01:58:43
] I don't agree with this, but I have been wondering how much of my good opinion of the happiness of the Brandon marriage is owed to Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman! ;-) I'm trying to remember what I thought of Brandon before he was Rickman in my mind, and I can't remember, I finished the book just days before I saw the movie.
I shouldn't really jump in on this since I am not reading Tomalin. But I felt from the book, and even from the movie, that although Brandon was admirable, he was a kind of second best for Marianne. I think they will probably be happy, and I don't think he is second to Willoughby, but rather to an ideal. I think W was Marianne's melodramatic teenage ideal. W saw that and played it to the full, and she didn't realise. But is Brandon really the ideal that a wiser-to-herself Marianne would choose? I always feel he's a bit too much the other way, like she is trying very hard to do what everyone around her thinks is best for her, and hasn't found her own centre yet.
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