Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sense & Sensibility, Volume II, chapter 9 (ch 31)

Remember before we started reading this, I mentioned that this was initially an epistolary novel? Well, I hate to say it, but this is one of the chapters that Austen didn't rewrite as well as she could/should have. Check out the length of Brandon's monologue toward the end. It's pretty fair odds that he is now reciting the contents of what would have been a letter in the original Elinor and Marianne. And truly, it makes a bit more sense as a letter than a conversation, because damn, that's a long speech!

Before we get there, however, we have to put up with more of Marianne's selfish and unfair assessments of Mrs Jennings and Colonel Brandon. There are only a few times in life I've wished for the ability to reach into a book and slap a character, but Marianne is one of the character's I'd smack if I could manage it. Anyhoo . . .

I love the way Emma Thompson edited it down, and the way that Alan Rickman delivered his lines, so here. Enjoy:

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