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Written by Maisy
(9/24/2006 3:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes..., penned by BarbaraB
"...if there had been any real impropriety in what I did, I should have been sensible of it at the time, for we always know when we are acting wrong and with such a conviction I should have had no pleasure."
This seems like a rather dangerous attitude, to me, because people don't always know when they are acting wrongly. And even if they could, not everyone would react as Marianne suggests she would -- that is, not everyone would feel badly about behaving wrongly -- not everyone would try to avoid it, especially when there is great pleasure in said action.
This philosophy of Marianne's seems to be expressed in chapter 9, as well:
"That is what I like; that is what a young man ought to be. Whatever be his pursuits, his eagerness in them should know no moderation, and leave him no sense of fatigue" (ch. 9).Of course, Marianne is really only referring to Willoughby's having been out dancing until four in the morning. But she does say it in a general way, as though Willoughby should avoid moderation in all of his pursuits (and she will admire him all the more for it).
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