Posted by Elizabeth Rose on October 22, 1997 at 17:10:04:
In response to Heroine's heart!!!!!, written by Rita on October 22, 1997 at 16:36:46
] ] Unless, of course you are intimating that JA did not know her own heroine's hearts!
] ] Lizzie
Of course she didn't get over it, who would? My point is that something happened in the months before their marriage to make her fall in love with him. It might have been very much like what was portrayed in the movie: her path from gratitude, to interest, to love, interspersed with long conversations in which they discovered that they had so much in common, culminating in what I imagine must have been a very poetical proposal and heart-felt acceptance on her part.
It is a very lucky person who loves twice in one life, and I think JA wanted both Marianne and Elinor to be lucky in love, as they were disadvantaged in everything else.
Remember, although you seem to pay no attention to what JA writes, that she writes volubly on Willoughby's regrets, but after she tells us that Marianne falls in love with Brandon ........ nothing on her[Marianne's] regrets!
So I think just the opposite, that while she would never be the same, I don't think even she wanted to be the same thoughtless, cruel girl she was before. To be quite frank, I think that far from pining over Willoughby to the end of her days, she completely forgot him.
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