She had no other choice.
Posted by Luisa on October 23, 1997 at 15:20:43:
In response to But She Is!, written by Elizabeth Rose on October 22, 1997 at 16:21:34
] ] Jane Austen is my favorite in the world! but, I do agree that after much contemplation I cannot reconcile to the fact that marianne Dashwood is happy!
Well, the only thing I can do on this score is agree.
] ... and to find the proof of that, we need look only to Aunt Jane herself, for she says:
Marianne could never love by halves; and her whole heart became, in time, as much devoted to her husband, as it had once been to Willoughby.
] Unless, of course you are intimating that JA did not know her own heroine's hearts!
I think there`s something instinctive, primal or even masochistic about people-men and women-that Jane Austen didn`t get (how could she?). I think Marianne ends up being too "wild" in way that JA has no control over, so she just puts her inside a marriage that everyone around Marianne desires and finishes the whole affair. And of course M. becomes devoted to her husband...what the hell else can she do? The decision is taken from her hands by Jane Austen herself. In that way, she sure is idealistic.
"She WILL be happy, she has to be so!"
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