Posted by Clarily on August 21, 1997 at 11:56:04:
In reply to Emma Tennant's Elinor & Marianne posted by Barbara on August 17, 1997 at 17:25:23
I once picked up a sequel to S&S called "Eliza's Daughter" (sorry I don't know how the use the underline or italics function here, so used quotation marks, although I know it's a very bad thing to do. ;) ) Anyway...I didn't like the book because, as a little kid, "Eliza's Daughter" befriended Coleridge and Wordsworth. Come on. She tagged along with them wherever she ran into them; and they, of course, just had no problem with that, for some reason!
Although I didn't read much of it, it seemed the author was leading up to some other plot lines that seemed ridiculous...like Marianne still had the hots for Willoughby, and "Eliza's Daughter" would have clashed with Marianne. Not fair to the Marrianne character! I agree that I don't think JA's Marrianne would have entered into something for security's sake. I think she came to love Brandon, and although it mightn't have been the same way she felt for Willoughbly, I think her feelings were genuine, &c.
Also, I wished the author had made an attempt to write in the early 19th century style. As for the sequeal in which she wanted to form a utopian community because of Coleridge's influence, I think it's far fetched, too. To me, at least, Marianne's character just doesn't mesh with the communal life (with which I have some experience).
Sorry to bash on so, but there you are. I'm taking a British Romanctic lit class beginning in four days, and I'll be studying Coleridge, and so maybe will gain some further insights.
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