Look at it in the long term
Posted by Mark on October 21, 1997 at 17:51:07:
In response to Forced to Change, written by Lynne on October 21, 1997 at 15:24:02
] *snip* It just seems as if Elinor is rewarded for her belief systems.....and Marianne is not *snip*
How do you define "reward" -- getting what you want, or getting what you deserve? Do any of you who are arguing that it is terrible that she didn't end up marrying Willoughby, really think that she would be happy married to him? How long would happiness last in such a marriage? Two very hedonistic people always living for the moment. Even assuming that Willoughby had not been disowned by his Aunt, and the financial way was open for them to marry, do you really think they would be happy together in ten years time? I rather suspect that eventually, unless they did some rapid maturing, they would have ended up somewhat like Mr. and Mrs. Wickham, only with money.
I submit that Marianne was rewarded, with a man who will cherish her and love her as long as they are both living. This is a tragedy!?! He will be devoted to her.
Do you think Willoughby would have been devoted to her? After the bloom is off the rose, who do you think is less likely to take advantage of the double standard, Willoughby or Brandon?
So I have to argue that Marianne has got the best of the two.
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