Category Archives: Self-command

Isolation and grief

"I have had all this hanging on my mind, without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature . . ." Elinor Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility, v. 3, ch. 1

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Self-knowledge (or not)

Such behaviour as this, so exactly the reverse of her own, appeared no more meritorious to Marianne, than her own had seemed faulty to her. Sense and Sensibility, v. 1, ch. 19

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Constant and painful exertion

"The composure of mind with which I have brought myself at present to consider the matter, the consolation that I have been willing to admit, have been the effect of constant and painful exertion; they did not spring up of … Continue reading

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A sister’s feelings

"You do not suppose that I have ever felt much." Sense and Sensibility, volume 3, chapter 1 Elinor to Marianne

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The first smart of the heavy blow

Supported by the conviction of having done nothing to merit her present unhappiness, and consoled by the belief that Edward had done nothing to forfeit her esteem, she thought she could even now, under the first smart of the heavy … Continue reading

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Eight very short years

“Soon, however, she began to reason with herself, and try to be feeling less. . . . Alas!  with all her reasonings she found that to retentive feelings eight years may be little more than nothing.  Now, how were his … Continue reading

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Marriane on self-control

“The business of self-command she settled very easily: with strong affections it was impossible; with calm ones it could have no merit.  That her sister’s affections were calm, she dared not deny, though she blushed to acknowledge it; and of … Continue reading

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