Posted by JanetF on March 17, 1998 at 16:01:15:
In response to I sympathize with Margaret :-), written by Tineke on March 13, 1998 at 04:45:44
I'm also the youngest sister (4 older sisters and a brother, 7-17 years older). I completely sympathize with Margaret feeling left out of the adult fun, and falling in love with her sisters' suitors. The scene that gets me is when Willoughby has just left after rescuing Marianne, and Margaret is sent to fetch a compress. She leaves the room begging them not to say anything juicy until she returns. Of course they do, while she yells, "Wait for me, wait for me" from the kitchen. That happened to me on so many occasions, I can hardly count.
My two eldest sisters follow the Elinor/Marianne dichotomy perfectly. Personally, I relate to Elinor - but I think that's because the age gap is so great in my family, in some ways I'm the oldest as well as the youngest.
In P&P, my birth order counterpart is Lydia; all things considered I'd rather relate to Margaret.
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