Sense and Sensibility
Dreams, Hopes, Plans Quotes Page 3
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Elinor honoured [Marianne] for a plan which originated so nobly as this; though smiling to see the same eager fancy which had been leading her to the extreme of languid indolence and selfish repining, now at work in introducing excess into a scheme of such rational employment and virtuous self-control. (46.10)
Finally, Marianne has started adjusting her plans for the actual circumstances of real life – she decides to buckle down and be more like Elinor in her approach to the future.
Marianne Dashwood was born to an extraordinary fate. She was born to discover the falsehood of her own opinions, and to counteract, by her conduct, her most favourite maxims. She was born to overcome an affection formed so late in life as at seventeen, and with no sentiment superior to strong esteem and lively friendship, voluntarily to give her hand to another! -- and that other, a man who had suffered no less than herself under the event of a former attachment, -- whom, two years before, she had considered too old to be married, -- and who still sought the constitutional safeguard of a flannel waistcoat! (50.14)
This remarkable sentence sums up the whole of Marianne's development – from an idealistic, romantic, unrealistic young girl to a mature young woman, free of her childish prejudices. The outlook is good for this new Marianne.