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Written by Amy Marie
(10/24/2006 8:00 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, How does Willoughby get away with it? (long), penned by Delories
The ugly scene in which he says all manner of gratuitously nasty things about Col. B, and eggs on Marianne to do the same, is especially icky.....
I take exception to the bit about egging on Marianne to also slander the Colonel. Whilst I accept that people can be goaded into doing this by the encouragement of others, let Marianne take responsibility for her own words. We already know that she thinks him a dull old man past all chance of romance; I don't think it's Willoughby who is responsible for her holding him in derision. Let's not use that against him, at least.
In addition, if I insult someone, even in the presence of someone I know to be easily influenced by what I say, I don't consider myself as 'egging them on' to do the same. Willoughy is a typical libertine - he was carelessly giving an undoubtedly harsh opinion of Brandon, but I don't think his intention was to stir up others. To be honest with you, I don't really think Marianne required much 'egging on'. We can't blame Willoughby for that.
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