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Written by Mary Anne
(9/12/2009 7:32 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Perhaps he is parroting Marianne again?, penned by kathleen (elder)
No doubt Willoughby starts by echoing Marianne's tastes---"strikingly alike" indeed---but it's not long before he has her acting like an obedient little echo who repeats whatever he says. When Willoughby is running down Brandon and Marianne cries, "That is exactly what I think of him," we can see that Willoughby is definitely having a bad influence on her because she had been more inclined to respect Brandon at first, even though she did dismiss him as an absolute old bachelor. I can recall that even the first time I read the novel, that passage raised my eyebrows. Marianne needs a SUTH. ;-)
As for Willoughby's reasons, they're covered well in this thread. I just add a passage from Shakespeare that always occurs to me at this point: Iago's motive for hating young Cassio, when Iago says, "He hath a daily beauty in his life that makes mine ugly." Willoughby's reasons for disliking Brandon may amount to no more than that---knowing that Brandon is a better man than he is. Willoughby may take the palm for physical beauty, but that's all.
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