*ALERT* If you haven't read or seen Sense and Sensibility, you might not want to read this post. Here be spoilers.
Well, I posted about Elinor Dashwood (#3 in my Top Ten Heroines Series) yesterday, and here I am posting about her again today. I didn't say everything I wanted to say in yesterday's post, and then Alexandra pointed out that I hadn't included one of Elinor's very best scenes in my post. So here we go again.
The video clip I shared with you yesterday showed Elinor's outburst to Marianne about Edward and the secret she'd been harboring for the past four months. I chose it because I thought it was a great example of Elinor's personality (especially the part at the end). The clip below is another great Elinor moment, but in this case it's almost paradoxical. Elinor's reserve and discretion are her trademark, yet in this scene she lets loose more emotion than Marianne ever does. Without saying a word, at that (except for "you are not married?" which doesn't count). Edward does pretty much all the talking in this scene. "My heart is... and ever will be... yours." Happy ending to end all happy endings, what?
I dare you to watch this and not tear up, yourself. (I also dare you not to giggle when Mrs. Dashwood and Marianne whisk Margaret out of the room at the first sign of Something Romantical. :))
(Sorry the video is out of sync!)
The funny thing is that this scene never appears in the novel at all. It comes from the pen of Emma Thompson, not Jane Austen. In the book, Edward "makes his feelings known" to Elinor, but the proposal scene is not described--or, as my sister aptly puts it, "they don't show it".
I'm usually not a fan of moviemakers taking liberties with literature and adding in scenes that aren't there in the original book, but in this case I can only applaud. Because this scene is amazing. The script, the acting, the MUSIC.... I think Jane Austen would approve. Don't you?