Written by Barbara
(10/28/2003 2:18 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Willoughby's, penned by Golda
] in his breed of horses and dogs, and in sporting of every kind, he found no inconsiderable degree of domestic felicity.
While the Willoughbys' marriage is not on the level of the Rushworths or the Palmers, I think that these remarks from Ch. 50 of S&S are meant to show Willoughby's ultimate shallowness rather than indicate any actual happiness or satisfaction in his marriage. He doesn't care about his wife at all--it is clear. His wife is not *always* out of humour--but some of the time, or even most of the time she may be. Earlier he called her 'jealous as the devil' and said that anything was to be done to appease her.
But, the fact that he is able to find domestic felicity not with his wife but with horses and dogs and sports is still a far cry from a happy marriage, and also shows what a shallow individual Willoughby is.
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