MP and other hero/ines
Posted by Tilde on May 16, 1998 at 07:58:34:
I couldn't see which slot to put this in, so I start a new line, sorry.
When - for the umpteenth time - reading Edmund unfavourably compared to Darcy and Crawford etc, and Fanny with EB, Mary, Emma etc. I got this silly idea, that Mr Darcy is the impossible dream, the wild, crazy wonderful, romantic and impossible dream; Mr. Rich and Powerful falling for the poor country-mouse, much like today's Mills and Boon novels or Doctor-Nurse novels. Perhaps Edmund is "the possible dream" ? He is a hero that is not "out of reach" to novel-readers. He is the basically nice - but neither rich nor powerful - boy-next-door, whose solidity and familiarity perhaps might cast him in a boring light (to us, who sees the glamour of HC), but who - on the other hand - is not seen as boring to any of the females of the book. And - and this is deeply ironic - timid little Fanny, being continually scolded by modern readers for not standing up for herself, is also berated for showing her backbone and choosing her heart's desire rather than glamour.
So is the EB / Darcy match the impossible romantic dream, and Fanny / Edmund the possible ? Just a stray thought.
- Edmund's appeal and Fanny's backbone... Lea 23:43:16 5/16/98 (0)
- equal marriages Linden 19:17:24 5/16/98 (0)
- Good analogy Tilde Golda 11:18:40 5/16/98 (8)
- I still think EB is secondbest Xenia 17:05:31 5/16/98 (7)
- Fanny's not *that* rational! Leanne S 16:03:56 5/19/98 (0)
- Sorry to disagree Constanza 14:05:16 5/18/98 (5)
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