Posted by Margie on July 12, 1997 at 10:27:33:
In reply to Re: MARY Crawford posted by Kathy F. on July 11, 1997 at 11:52:22
] She was, indeed, most shallow, but JA could have reformed her, and they could have lived happily ever after. sigh....
I'm not sure if an MC reformation would be believable to
me -- though it certainly would be more believable to me than a lasting HC reformation. They've been using the word "principled" a lot on AUSTEN-L lately, and I think it's the
key to believable reformations. JA never has a character going from being an unprincipled person to becoming a principled person. The reformations usually take place because the characters compare their behavior to their principles and decide to mend the discrepancies they discover. Marianne Dashwood's reformation was a little different -- her recognition was that one of her principles was extremely destructive and needed to be changed, but she was always a person that tried to live according to principle. There is always that element of a person being willing to sacrifice part of their self-image for the sake of a principled life. I'm not convinced that MC has it. I am convinced that HC doesn't have it.
Don't get me wrong -- I think in a lot of ways the Crawfords are very charming and kind characters. I just suspect that, in the long run, ethics will never get in the way of their getting the things they really want.
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