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Written by LouAnn
(10/24/2006 12:45 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, How does Willoughby get away with it? (long), penned by Delories
He is careful to look respectable where that is required. I'm sure Miss Grey, his London friends, and the folks around Barton know NOTHING of his affair with Eliza. I can't imagine where Mrs Smith learned of it. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm positive it wasn't from Col. Brandon himself. Perhaps the Delaford servants find out and tell one of Mrs Smith's?
When Elinor is mistrustful at first of the way he left Marianne in the fall, her mother reminds her that he's not unknown in this part of the world, no one speaks ill of him, etc. I think being known to be from a 'good family' and never done anything wrong around Barton works in his favor.
And even after it's all over, the Colonel doesn't spread it around to 'ruin' Willoughby's reputation, probably because he still hopes to make some kind of respectable life for Eliza.
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