Posted by Shannon on October 21, 1997 at 20:55:55:
In response to Look at it in the long term, written by Mark on October 21, 1997 at 17:51:07
] ] *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.
I think had Willoughby not been disinherited, he would have
married Marianne because I believe he truly loved her(a feeling he'd never experienced before). With the true circumstances, he loved her, but he was not strong enough to give up financial security to follow his heart. Later, he realizes he will pay greatly (far more than all of his debts)because he denied his heart what was essential to his existence(the love of Marianne). So yes, if the money wasn't an issue, they would have been truly happy. He then wished he could change all of his previous actions, and give her the devotion they both needed. Therefore, IMHO, they could have been truly happy.
As for Cononel Brandon, he was a truly great man and I agree he was devoted to her. But, she lost all of her passion and romance when she was with Brandon. She was not Marianne anymore. That is why it is so tragic. She could not be as content with Brandon as with Willoughby(had he realized what an idoit he was being, before it was to late).
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