Posted by Bonny on March 20, 1998 at 04:40:23:
In response to One niggling Elinor thing, written by Bonny on March 20, 1998 at 04:26:29
] ] She kept her feeling all shut up onside her, and that bugged me, but when I think about it, I do the same thing as far as relationships go. It's funny how we sometimes don't really notice our own faults until we see them in other people (even if they are fictional) :-)
I forgot the thing that niggles me, it's at the end of the book where Marianne says words to the effect of "Our situations have borne more resemblance than our behaviour. I should have conducted myself like you El.," and Elinor thinks "I am too honest to flatter her, that is true, but now she is behaving as I would I can praise her new behaviour". her thoughts seem a bit smug and complacent here, she could, I think, disclaim a bit more, it might not be 100% honesty but she's the sister adept at tactful lies and half truths. It also seems as though she is completely discrediting all Marianne's past behaviour. It's not all completely blameable, IMO, cirumstance has a role in it's unhappy consequences. Her honesty and enthusiasm are quite engaging and what attract Brandon. And El.s not a paragon, she is faulted in her tendency toward too much self-restraint .
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