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Sunday, October 11

Jane Austen Movie Throwdown

Every time I take a Jane Austen character quiz I turn out to be Marianne Dashwood - impetuous, impulsive, dramatic, and emotional Marianne. Through Marianne's reckless behavior, Jane Austen showed just how different she was from her more sensible sister, Elinor. Several of her actions flew wildly in the face of convention. This week we pose the question: which of these two movie scenes was most effective in showing her reckless behavior?
Marianne's Reckless Behavior

1. Allowing Willoughby to cut a lock of her hair. This action had Mrs. Dashwood and Elinor Dashwood thinking that Willoughby and Marianne had a tacit agreement. They therefore went along with her forward behavior, shocked to find out later that Willoughby had made no long-term promises.

2. Walking recklessly in the rain to see Willoughby's house, Combe Magna, and almost catching her 'death' of cold. This scene was not in Jane's book, but both recent movie adaptations featured this change, which led to the dramatic sick scene.

Most reckless scene
Allowing Willoughby to cut a lock of her hair
Walking to see Combe Magna in the rain free polls


thetruebookaddict said...

I had to vote for the lock of hair because in the time period of Sense and Sensibility, that kind of behavior...without an understanding between the man and woman...would have been considered truly scandalous!

That's so funny regarding the quizzes about Marianne...I always end up being most like her as well!

Mona said...

Definitely it is "Allowing Willoughby cut a lock of her hair". Letting your emotions flow in public unless fully convinced about the man's intentions is ruthless indeed.

Funny I always end up being Elinor Dashwood...just the other day I was wondering abt it and to find you to be in sync :)


I love Marianne, though I'm nuch more like Elinore. And I particularly loved Kate Winslet reciting Shakespeare's sonnet "Let me not to the marriage of true minds", in reckless desperation, under the rain. So I voted for this scene.

TG said...

It had to be (for me) the lock of hair. This would have been considered an extremely intimate gesture in those times and very reckless for a young woman who did not have a formal 'understanding' with the gentleman.

While the later scene of walking in the rain to see Willoughby's home was not smart, it is an almost senseless gesture... Marianne is broken hearted, and not rational at all, her emotions have so consumed her that she is pretty much incapable of rational thought. As such the act is nearly beyond her capacity to consider if it would be reckless. Whereas with the lock of hair, she would have known that that it was inappropriate but she just didn't care.

Enid Wilson said...

I vote for the lock of hair too. That's a very intimate gesture, even in nowadays.

Steamy Darcy

Brianna said...

She ALMOST DIED after walking in the rain...I would call that pretty reckless. She knew it was going to rain and yet she was determined to see Willoughby's house.

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nigel said...

Walking to see Combe Magna! not because of the rain but for running away from Brandon and the presents he brought her?

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The Prodigal Tourist said...

The hair cutting was rather bold, don't you think? I thought people only did that for their children and their beloveds.

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Nonna Beach said...

The lock of hair...if I had been Marianne's older sister in that time, I wouldn't have been so patient as Elinor. The first time I read S & S, I wanted to slap Marianne for her undisciplined behavior !

When I finished the book, I felt kinder toward Marianne because she had learned her lessons, though painful and admired and valued Elinor at last for her good example and forbearance !