Posted by Jessamyn on October 20, 1997 at 22:35:27:
In response to The will, written by Arnessa on October 15, 1997 at 13:34:30
] The picture I get is that Mr. Dashwood has the sanguine temper of, say, a Mr. Weston, always expecting others to do the right thing even when it's been proven otherwise. This explains somewhat Marianne's temper, but where does Elinor get her practicality from? That's what I've always wondered. She's alone in that family.
I understand that it's pretty common in families where the parents are a bit flaky (be it due to personality, substance abuse, or hippiedom) for a child--usually the eldest--to adopt a caretaking role, to be the practical one in the family. Because someone has to.
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