Saturday, January 21, 2012

Marianne Dashwood

 I am very fond of Marianne! Though I am afraid she wouldn't approve of me. I do not like sad endings (To die for love, what could be more glorious?, Maybe to live for love?) I do not play an instrument (well, guitar isn't really one of her kind of instrument), and my admiration for those who do is usually limited to silent observation or vague compliments. I do not go into raptures at the site of a picturesque landscape, only once in my memory has a view taken my breath away. I have no talent for drawing or painting, and I am afraid my taste resembles that of Mr. Ferrers, which she did not approve.
  Anyway, I digress.  Moving on to what this post is about.
 I watched Sense & Sensibility  the other day with my niece, who is three by the way, a girl after my own heart. In the very beginning, before Mrs. Jennings catches on, I love to watch Marianne and Col. Brandon interact.(especially when he tells Margaret exactly what she wants to hear about the West Indies when Sir John doesn't)
 He is a gentleman through and through. She is a smiling, lovely young woman. He is in love, and she has found a sensible friend, who, even if she cannot feel is her equal in sensibility, can at least respect his quiet admiration. I am firmly of the opinion that had it not been for Mrs. Jennings interference, (and of course, Willoughby) she would have fallen in love with Brandon. I do not think it would have been a "burning passion" like she had for Willoughby. It would have began as a beautiful friendship and blossomed into love. It would have been deep, lasting, and true (You know, just like it was in the end, only sooner).  Of course, had this been the case, we would not have such a wonderful, beautiful, romantic, witty, and amazing story to read today.

P.S. I wasn't away for as long as I'd thought to be. After my last post I just hunkered down (excuse the phrase, but it describes perfectly what I did) and figured things out. Plus my dad fixed my almost-broken computer! So, I am back!


  1. Hmm...that is an interesting thought. Maybe it would have been more of an Emma-and-Mr. Knightley type relationship. And I like their love story a whole bunch! hehe ;-)

  2. Ah yes, Marianne. I fear I tend to resemble her too much in some ways:) Tragic endings and all that.

  3. Melody, I love Emma and Knightely second-best of all Austen romances. :)

    Lauren, I don't resemble her at all, really. At least in my own opinion.

  4. I love your buttons (from a couple posts back). And this post is a very interesting read. I'm reading Sense & Sensibility right now and much enjoying it so far. I can't wait to watch the movies!

    P.S. Thanks so much for following my blog! :)

  5. Bea,
    Thank you so very much for following mine! I'm very glad you find it an interesting read :) I am in the middle of reading the book too. I have yet to see the newest version of the movie though.

  6. This was such an interesting post, Stephanie, and I LOVED your "what-might-have-been" speculation. :)
    Now, as to your question on my blog--how could you even think of such a thing???
    Kidding, kidding. I cannot resist a little teasing. I apologize.
    I do actually think that your idea for a contest is wonderful, and I should love to participate if you do host one! I don't consider it to be "copying" at all, merely a case of great minds thinking alike, eh? :)

  7. Miss Dashwood,
    I am glad you found it interesting :) And thank you for your quick answer to my question, I am very glad you don't mind. Your teasing made me smile :D And if I could be considered as having a "great mind" I should be very pleased, as would I if I were able to amused and delight people with my ramblings as you do.


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