Sense & Sensibility & Posies
Posted by P. Bingham on February 28, 1998 at 00:44:55:
In response to Flowers, written by Marie Bernadette on February 24, 1998 at 21:51:45
It did occur to me that in Jane Austen's book, not only did Willoughby not bring Marianne flowers, but Brandon wasn't even their to bring flowers in that scene we were discussing. (I double-checked this, read it again, and still found this scene to be artfully contrived by the movie-makers. It would have to have been, though. Jane's writing was not always very exacting) Also, consider all the other things that willoughby & Marianne did that certainly would not have been considered decent; he calls her by her first name, they drive away alone on the day of the picnic, she writes to him in London, he offers her his horse and she accepts, and she allows him to cut off a lock of her hair (these last things I actually lifted from Jane Austen's World) And if Brandon was to give her flowers, his intensions are clear, he is very much interested in her and is the kind of gentleman that would only have marriage on his mind.
I recall that you were writing a book. I'm not sure if this is a subject that you can get precise answers on. if you are writing a Regency, I would look through some well-respected author's work and see if there is any mentions of heros giving heroines flowers in the way you mention. It often depends on what the readers percieve as what is acceptable and what is not. If readers are accustomed to seeing ladies get flowers then by all means, give your lady flowers! It is your reader you aim to please, after all.
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