crowyhead, August 22, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
I'm always a little befuddled about why I love Austen so much, since normally I'm not all that enthralled by books about society marriages and romantic manipulation, but I do love her in spite of myself.
I got a huge kick out of Elinor's observations of those around her; she clearly loves her sister Marianne, but also finds her somewhat ridiculous. Marianne is not the only one who she deems foolish, either. My favorite line comes after Robert Ferrars has just assured her that he finds cottages completely charming, and then goes on to describe a party held at an abode that clearly was a cottage in name only, being that it contained a dining parlour, drawing-room, library, and saloon. Having listened to this respectfully, "Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition."
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