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What do you see as the main differences between Elinor Dashwood and Anne Elliot? (I see them as very similar so am curious to hear your thoughts!) Tell us what you love about Elinor and Elinor/Edward (you know I'm a big Edward fan too---we may be the only two, lol!)
First, thank you for the ask! That’s such a good question and I hope my answer will satisfy you. :)
I definitely see a lot of similarities between the 2 characters. They’re both very calm, rational and are good at controlling their emotions, but I’d say that Anne has a shyness and lack of self-esteem that Elinor doesn’t have. Can you imagine, for example, Elinor being persuaded, by someone else, into not marrying the man she loves? I really can’t. If Elinor ever gets persuaded into not marrying the man she loves, it’ll be from her own rational arguments, not someone else’s. I think it makes sense though if you look at their different upbringings. Elinor was brought up in a home that valued intelligent discussion while Anne had to live with a very superficial family who not only never valued her opinion, but never even considered she had one. Compare Anne being told, without asking if she wanted to, that she’d go live with her sister’s family because she sent for her to Elinor helping her mother pick their house and make arrangements for the move.
I think Elinor is reserved about her feelings because she wants to be. Because she genuinely thinks that it’s more dignified and reasonable to do so. Anne, in my opinion, is reserved about both her thoughts and feelings out of necessity and tendency of those not being taken into consideration.
As for what I love about Elinor…
I admire her for how well she controls her emotions. I’ve always had trouble hiding mine and it’s really embarrassing being an open book. I admire her ability and willingness to put other people’s heartbreaks before her own. Basically, I strive to be more like her.
Finally, it’s really the best feeling when you admire someone so much for how strong and rational they are and you get to see them have that one moment where the mask falls off and they’re feeling so much underneath that they, too, need someone to hug them and tell them that everything will be ok. It just makes me feel so much for them in this instant and look back at all the other moments with even more admiration.
And I love Elinor/Edward because they just suit each other so well. You can tell that they really respect each other and I love the way they slowly got to know each other and just gradually wanted to spend more time together. I love that they both share the same vision of what happiness is, that they don’t need the other to be more than what they already are. And the fact that Elinor Dashwood, the sister representing sense ends up being the one heroine not only in this book but in all of Austen’s work, who ends up marrying without an increase of fortune, for love, just makes me feel so damn much.
Anne Dashwood (1743–1830), Later Countess of Galloway, 1764 Sir Joshua Reynolds (British, 1723–1792) Oil on canvas
The sitter was the daughter of Sir James Dashwood, member of Parliament for Oxford (whose portrait by Seeman is in the Aitken Galleries). She sat for Reynolds three times in the month preceding her marriage on June 13, 1764, to John Stewart, Lord Garlies, later seventh earl of Galloway. The artist presents her in the traditional guise of a shepherdess, but wearing rubies, pearls, and a gauze scarf, and with her hair dressed stylishly.