Edmund and Edward as heroes
Posted by Sarah P on June 23, 1998 at 05:18:59:
In response to Oomphy Edmund, written by Linden on June 20, 1998 at 02:41:25
] I've just watched the BBC adaptation, which has made me realise that Edmund is oomphier than I thought, especially the bit where he is torn between his love for Mary Crawford and his principles - very romantic.
An interesting thought, I must go back and re-read it.
Putting it like that reminds me of a discussion a while ago about S&S, and Edward Ferrars as a hero. Edward and Edmund have a fair bit in common as characters. Both are rather serious young clergymen (or would be clergymen), who are definitely the less favoured son, who have to choose between love and honour. Edmund falls for Mary against his principles, and starts making excuses for her behaviour. Edward falls for Elinor, but won't betray his sense of honour by jilting Lucy, even though it costs him his inheritance.
I wonder was JA thinking of her brother when she wrote about both Eds? They are both nice, serious, religious, moral, decent chaps, who lack the glamour of either a villain or a man in naval or army uniform, but they do sort of grow on you with re-reading.
- favoured and favourite Constanza 11:22:39 6/23/98 (1)
- Getting cross with characters a sign of great writing Sarah P 04:38:07 6/24/98 (0)
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