Posted by Marsha on September 04, 1997 at 21:15:07:
In reply to You Both Are So Funny! posted by Nora on September 04, 1997 at 19:40:49
] I almost died laughing when you (Julia) mentioned that Edmund's and Fanny's children would be pale. I can just see a bunch of little pale, sickly, and INBRED Edmunds running around arguing about which style of literature is their favorite and why so-and-so didn't like them. A bunch of whiners.
] I laughed so hard (Marsha) when you said that JA was disgusted with romance. Come to think of it P&P was the only ending that I actually found satisfying. She works these elaborate plots and then in one sentence she says "...And he pledged his love and devotion and they married in spring"
] I mean come on. Well, I couldn't blame her because she really had no experience. She never married, and I think it is quite possible that she did find it replusive....
] It is kind of like Gone With The Wind, because I remember saying to myself...."Geez what does she see in that wimpy Ashley!!" Scarlet had a real man all along in Rhett.
] I'd like to read that after marriage version sometime, but I have tons of homework. It's only the first day too!! :-)
To tell the truth, I rather like Ashley in GWTW (now I am going to run and hide). In fact I like him much better than I could possibly like Edmund. Ashley has real feelings and emotions and he is so tortured by the whole Melanie-Scarlett situation. That is what bugs me about Edmund-he does not seem to seriously suffer about anything! Besides he understands the situation after the War very well (the conversation about The Twilight of the Gods in the book), and he does try to break awy from Scarlett. True, he is not a decision-making character, but that is because he finds it hard to adjust to new times, and I am sure a lot of people did. And his advice to Scarlett that there should be similiar temeperament in marriage, and not only passion is the one thing she would have done well to remeber. Plus, in the movie version, I am a big fan of Leslie Howard! So I really like Ashley. Of course, he is not even in the same league with Rhett, but that is another question :-)
Getting back to Edmund and Fanny-LOL about poor pale anemic kids arguing about literature! I always felt poor Henry got dragged by Maria into an elopement: she wanted it so much and he went along with it. But it makes no sense whatsoever. To quote from P&P: "She could hardly persuade a man so much in love that he was in love with someone else!"
I got it-a conspiracy theory!!!
Henry and Maria haven't run off. The whole thing was fabricated by Edmund who found out that Mary preferred a certain Baron. He decided to avenge himself and plus after thinking on the topic, that he would like to marry Fanny. Henry is in the way, so get rid of Henry! Maria agreed to go on with this because Edmund promised her monetary compensation and marriage to someone she liked-a certain Mr Goomber- an extremely wealthy tradesman. So Henry was visiting the Rushworths' house and he flirted with Maria, because he thought it would make Fanny jealous, so Edmund seized his chance, had Henry knocked over the head and hid somewhere for a month, while Maria supposedly went off with him. He could not protest, because they shipped him to Australia. How's that for paranoid??? :-)
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