Monday, November 4, 2013
Who is your favourite character of all time?
Elinor Dashwood, from Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen)
“Elinor, possessed a strength of understanding, and a coolness of judgment, which qualified her, though only nineteen, to be the counsellor to her mother…. She had an excellent heart; – her disposition was affectionate, and her feelings were strong; but she knew how to govern them: it was a knowledge which her mother had yet to learn, and which one of her sisters resolved never to be taught.”
So difficult to pick a favorite character OF ALL TIME. This girl definitely came to mind first, though.
She never gets her hopes up about Edward until he fully explains his intentions. She cares about her mother and sisters before worrying about her own emotions. She only wants to save her sisters from their own sensibilities, while her mother encourages the behavior. Elinor even tries to help the someone else marry the man she loves.
She demonstrates an amazing balance of compassion and rationality. A perfect big sister.