Posted by Angela Rae on April 19, 1998 at 21:20:00:
In response to Depth of feeling...and Edward the comic, written by Margie on April 18, 1998 at 11:11:07
] On another subject, is there anyone else who thinks that the Edward of the book is a funny and playful guy?
I've always thought there was more to Edward than meets the eye. I wonder if his position in his own family has a large part in his seeming timidity. If one was always being told what to do, compared to one's brother, and generally being disagreed with all around, silence seems a very natural defense for anyone with the slightest predispostion to shyness.
He has so little actual dialogue in the book, but the little there is, is mostly him teasing Marianne. I think if JA had written more lines for him, he would seem like a male Lizzy Bennet. Except that Lizzy's not shy. I guess that's the point of giving him so few lines -- it indicates how little forthcoming he is in company. I wish he were one of JA's more fully drawn heroes, though. I think he's adorable.
I don't know if I see him quite like Elizabeth, but there is clearly a lurking sense of humor in him. I like Elinor too much to believe that she would have been so drawn to a boring man. I picture Edward with a little gleam in his eye when he actually raises it, and perhaps in his unrecorded dialogue he makes great fun of his sister without her comprehension. I think his both his humor and his ideals are unlike anyone or anything he has been in contact with until he meets the Dashwoods. I always wanted to pull him out of context and sit down and talk to him. ;)
- ... Margie 21:09:09 4/20/98 (0)
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