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Written by BarbaraB
(9/23/2006 11:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Marianne's preserver - enter Willoughby! Lovely passage., penned by Reeba
Yes, I noticed JA's fantastical use of language, obviously used to meet the requirements of Marianne's fantasy hero. I'm surprised Austen didn't give him a white steed, shield and coat of armor! Don't you just love it? And I agree completely that Willoughby is totally playing to Marianne's expectations of an over-the-top suitor, (so in line with her feelings, everything so excessive). In reference to Elinor's comments, if you're referring to what she says about the 'lovers' using up every possible topic of conversation in short order, then perhaps Willoughby will have no option but to become grave and silent as there will be nothing left to say. :) Thanks for the gem.
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