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Re: Elinor Dashwood

Feb. 4 at 12:45pm | see this comment in context

When it comes to matters of the heart the contrast between Elinor and Marianne is instructive heart.  It is part of the modern project to bend the world to do our will.  Marianne tells Elinor to make Willoughby come to her.  Marrianne is not shy about letting other people exactly how she feels despite the pain she may cause.  Elinor is always aware that she has a reponsibility to all of those aroung her.  Even as she is being insulted she 'turns the other cheek'.  It seems to me that Elinor's good heart is her ability to integrate her intellect, her emotions and her will into a whole person.  She is fully functional because she is whole.  Marrianne has not yet attained this level.  Marrianne is fragmented and unable to see the 'good' clearly.  This lack of vision makes her overlook clues that could help her to become 'good'.  So a good hearted person is one who has avoided the modern tendency to 'specialize' in the intellect, the emotions, or the will.  To be goodhearted is to be an integrated whole capable of seeing the world as it really is. 

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