Defending Will some more
Posted by Arnessa on October 16, 1997 at 01:22:14:
In response to In defence of Will! And I'm not joking., written by Cassandra on October 14, 1997 at 12:06:18
] Yes-Will is taking liberties, but then again, Mariane is hardly protesting:
] HIs person and air were equal to what her fancy had ever drawn for the hero of a favorite story; and in his carrying her into the house with so little previous formality, there was a rapidity of thought which particularly recommended the action to her.
] ET said the Will/Marianne meeting is supposed to be one big romantic joke: The guy on the white horse, carrying her in his arms..
] And it works, gasping, heaving bosoms and all.
I do think one has to put aside modesty in cases of potential physical injury. And I don't see anything wrong with Willoughby carrying Marianne back to the cottage.
But it is a funny scene. One can almost imagine Marianne's confused emotions... embarrassed but thrilled to be at the center of a daydream come to life. I bet Marianne was a reader of Gothic novels.
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