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|'Brandon is quite smitten'
Written by Barbara
(9/23/2006 3:54 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sir John's schemes, penned by Tina T
Sir John is unable to tell Marianne anything about Willoughby that doesn't relate to his own interests: he likes to hunt, he has nice hunting dogs, he rides well, he likes to come and have a good time at Barton Park parties, and he is set to inherit land in the area.
We know that Mrs. Jennings has been trying to play matchmaker for Brandon "ever since her connection with Sir John first brought him to her knowledge". This would be for at least the past seven years, I think, because that is at least how long her daughter has been married to Sir John. There is not the slightest indication that her efforts in this regard have met with any success whatsoever in all that time.
So for Sir John to assert that "Brandon is quite smitten" and to also say that he "will be jealous" of Willoughby is not entirely insignificant, even if he does like to get in on the jokes about this. I don't think Sir John much cares for matchmaking in and of itself, and yet here he appears to have noticed something about his friend that is outside his normal interests of sport and socializing.
Sir John also knows that Willoughby is the kind of man who stays up all night dancing at parties--he must have at least a bit of a reputation as a ladies man in the neighbourhood if that is the case. Perhaps he thinks that one young lady would do as well as another for Willoughby.
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