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Book: Sense & Sensibility > Elinor Dashwood & Marianne Dashwood

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message 1: by valee (new)

valee What do you think of them?


message 2: by Shiory (new)

Shiory | 1 comments I loved Elinor's character as it related more to mine...


message 3: by Michele (new)

Michele (myavino) | 5 comments I love both sisters for what they each represent. I think it's good to have a little bit of both their characters.


message 4: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
I love their relationship and I am like Marianne - despairing of finding love and at only 16!
I love how Elinor is the one who sorts everything out really. Marianne is so romantic and I pity her for running into Willoughby.
I think Brandon is right for Marianne as he is the one who will think straight and keep Marianne under control yet he is a true romantic at heart.
And I like the pairing of Elinor and Ferrars also :)


message 5: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
agree! great sisterly relationship :)


message 6: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 139 comments I can read the first chapter. O.M.G. I can't believe how I have ever managed not to read this book so long. I should have read it much sooner. Sooner than reading Emma which is the easiest to read in my option.

Sophie!!!!!!!!! It's my dearest Sophie!!!!!!!


message 7: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
I am glad you are reading this one!! S&S is great!!! Let me know how it goes :D


message 8: by Anne (new)

Anne (cinderella16) | 115 comments Soph wrote: "I love their relationship and I am like Marianne - despairing of finding love and at only 16!
I love how Elinor is the one who sorts everything out really. Marianne is so romantic and I pity her f..."


I agree. Brandon and Marianne were a good match.


message 9: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
So true!!


message 10: by Rebecca (last edited Oct 22, 2012 07:05PM) (new)

Rebecca May | 561 comments Soph wrote: "I love their relationship and I am like Marianne - despairing of finding love and at only 16!
I love how Elinor is the one who sorts everything out really. Marianne is so romantic and I pity her f..."


I do love the dynamic between the two sisters - I wish I had a sister! I am very much like Marianne, but because of today's society am forced to act a little bit more like Elinor, unfortunately. But I am just like Marianne at heart, and I love both Marianne and Elinor.

I think that Brandon and Marianne were a wonderful match, for the reasons you said - but I don't think Brandon "keeping her under control" is quite right. Perhaps a better explanation would just be that she would learn from him to be a little more relaxed. Not too much though, I don't think Brandon would want to tame her in any way!

Love Edward and Elinor too :) Edward is so sweet, in his way, and being with him I think would bring out the fun in Elinor a bit more - she may not feel so overshadowed emotionally and forced to be the sensible one of the group any longer by her mother and sisters. Edward would share the "sensible" load with her and I think they would both become happier people.


message 11: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
Maybe the keep under control is phrased wrong... They will be good for each other and he will not tame her - who would want to - but he will help mature her sensibilities :)

Me and my sister are like Marianne and Elinor - me being Marianne!


message 12: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca May | 561 comments Soph wrote: "Maybe the keep under control is phrased wrong... They will be good for each other and he will not tame her - who would want to - but he will help mature her sensibilities :)

Me and my sister are ..."


Haha, yes, definitely phrased wrong! You put it much better here - of course who would want to tame her? I for one would hate being tamed! I love how you phrased that last bit though, that "he will help mature her sensibilities". What a perfect way of putting it! I couldn't describe it better if I tried! (at least, I don't think I could...)


message 13: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
Haha thanks! ;)


message 14: by Anne (new)

Anne (cinderella16) | 115 comments Yes, I agree. Maturity was what Marianne lacked. Brandon helped supply it.


message 15: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Louise Smith (sarahlouisesmith) Very well put Soph!


message 16: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
Thanks :)


message 17: by Marren (new)

Marren | 764 comments Well my favourite is Elinor but Marianne was ok. hey she loves books and music, two of my favourite things. I admire Elinor's ability to put aside her heartache to care for her sister's own. Talk about wow! I am happy that Marianne was able to open up her heart to love again with her whole heart. Take that Willoughby! Elinor reminds me of Anne Elliot. They have that strong countenance when everything is falling apart around them. That is a brave quality but it can also be dangerous. Holding so emotion inside can cause severe damage.


message 18: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
It is true. She is so unselfish and how she gives up her own feelings for others is great.


message 19: by Caity (new)

Caity | 26 comments I LOVE the Dashwood sisters so much! they remind me of myself and my sisters. ♥ I am not like either of them more than the other- my personality has an equal share of both. :)


message 20: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
I am Marianne and my sister is Elinor ;) they are great sisters :)


message 21: by Caity (new)

Caity | 26 comments =D they are!!


message 22: by Daisy (new)

Daisy | 38 comments I loved this novel :) so much! I believe myself to be more of an Elinor although I do have many dramatic Marianne moments, lol :)


message 23: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
It is a great novel. I am definitely more a Marianne!


message 24: by Maria (new)

Maria | 86 comments I love Marianne, her spirit, her passionate nature. But I am definitely an Elinor, more realistic, withdrawn and secretive. Sometimes it is a flaw because I think too much before acting and I would love to be more a Marianne, it would be more relaxing :)


message 25: by Marte (new)

Marte (lavageit) | 16 comments I loved Elinor, Marianne was too blind and too naive to be a fun character to follow. Not to mention her breakdown and feeling-sorry-for-herself period.


message 26: by Marcy (new)

Marcy (marshein) I can't help picturing them as Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson ever since I saw the movie. Which is okay, they're both wonderful actresses and match the roles beautifully.

Now I'm reading a book about Jane Austen, "Bitch in a Bonnet..." in which the author theorizes that Marianne stands for Emotion and Elinor for Reason. I like the way he does the analysis and it makes sense to me.


message 27: by Marcy (new)

Marcy (marshein) Oh yes, also! In the above mentioned book, he says Elinor is a projection of Austen herself, an autobiographical character. Likewise, Elizabeth in P&P was Jane.


message 28: by Daisy (new)

Daisy | 38 comments Marcy wrote: "I can't help picturing them as Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson ever since I saw the movie. Which is okay, they're both wonderful actresses and match the roles beautifully.

Now I'm reading a book ab..."

Yes, Elinor is Sense and Marianne is Sensibility :)


message 29: by Sophie, Your Lovely Moderator (new)

Sophie | 2624 comments Mod
I would have thought that Marianne being emotion and Elinor reason was obvious from Elinor being sense and Marianne sensibility. But it would be interesting to read how he describes It.

I do see Austen in Elinor as well as Lizzy. :)


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