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Written by Barbara
(9/23/2006 12:45 a.m.)
On this read, I particularly noticed the three mentions of Marianne's modesty in Ch. 9. She declines Willoughby's first offer to help her, her face crimsons in confusion when he lifts her up, and she scarcely dares to look at him either while he is carrying her or after they get to the cottage.
What do you think? Is modesty of this type a kind of self-restraint, or more the reverse? She must have been dying to really look at him and was so preoccupied by him shs didn't even notice what colour his two dogs were, so to NOT look at him must have taken some kind of self restraint, I think.
On the other hand he is no doubt the first man who's every been anywhere near that physcially close to her, and it happened so suddenly, so that must have been disconcerting, to say the least.
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