Saturday, June 27, 2009

Stuff That Would Bore My Sisters, 2

Sense and Sensibility would probably interest my sisters. Men, instead, would probably find that one boring.

The movie ends well for the characters only because they follow their hearts after society's rules (regarding love and marriage) leave them wanting. I completely understand the feeling of being left wanting for love by trying to do what others think is right. I can also identify with Mary Anne's character for 'becoming acquainted with the world' too quickly and in a manner that nearly led to my 'ruination.' Only neither am I as innocent as she, nor am I the type to sink into a depression until a man resues me.

That being said, I like Colonel Brandon's character as he is truly devoted, nonjudgmental, and, throughout his lady's introduction to the world and subsequent downfall, her knight. Everyone sees how much he adores Mary Anne. Knowing that Willoughby is a scoundrel, he expresses his hope that the young man will be worthy of her. Yet he does not want to appear treacherous, allows her to choose her suitor. Only after she learns of how she has been played does the Colonel reveal his knowledge of Willoughby's indiscretions.

Even when Mary Anne is still getting over her unfaithful lover, Colonel Brandon cares for her. She falls in love with him after all. And he restores her to a place of honor in society. As tough as I feel I've had to be in restoring my own honor (though not without help from some others after all), I rather cherish chivalric behaviors and long to give my handkerchief to my most worthy knight.

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