Posted by Malini on April 16, 1998 at 21:54:01:
In response to Elinor and Passion, written by Rita on April 16, 1998 at 17:55:56
] Was Elinor capable of being passionate? was she not too repressed. More so, good ol' Edward is not exactly a great match, is he????????????????
Passion, as I define it, is far from incompatible with restraint. The Colonel's adoration of Marianne from a distance is to me quite passionate, although from the book's description I can hardly class him as dashing.
Willoughby's attraction to her does not have the same depth, although her sentiments towards him probably did.
As far as Elinor and Edward go, they are both strongly principled individuals who live by their scruples and hold themselves to a high standard of conduct. The fact that they can do this in a world where they are constantly exposed to people (in his case all of his closest family) in happier situations who are not restrained by such a code of integrity shows a strength of character which to me is a symptom of a passionate nature, though not necessarily a demonstrative one. They are neither of them cynics, like Mr. Palmer or Mr. Bennet in P&P, and to me, cynincism is the antithesis of passion. Elinor in her own way is quite as idealistic as Marianne, and so is Edward; their idealism is more internalized, and they seek always to the right thing themselves rather than to seek perfection outside of themselves, whether it be in dead leaves or dashing young men. And while idealism is present, there must be passion as well. Otherwise one could never put oneself in a position where disappointment is a possibility. ( I wonder if any of that is coherent.)
There is a particularly poignant moment when Marianne finds out about Lucy Steele, and Elinor says something to the effect of -- had she not been bound by secrecy she would have been able to produce symptoms of a broken heart enough even to content Marianne (I'm too lazy to go find the exact quote right now). To me that is dignity, and passion, at its height.
- Depth of feeling...and Edward the comic Margie 11:11:07 4/18/98 (2)
- Nice post, Malini. I agree (NFM) Hil 21:44:31 4/17/98 (1)
- passion and humor Teri 22:26:43 4/20/98 (0)
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