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Written by Nina RG
(9/13/2009 6:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Leading Marianne astray, penned by Barbara
between what Marianne says she wants and what she actually approves of when it comes to it. In one of the earlier threads about Marianne playing the piano in Ch. 7, someone mentioned how she contradicts herself. She believes that you have to be in raptures to really have any taste in music, yet "Colonel Brandon alone, of all the party, heard her without being in raptures. He paid her only the compliment of attention; and she felt a respect for him on the occasion, which the others had reasonably forfeited by their shameless want of taste" (ch 7)
She contradicts herself several times. She says being in raptures shows taste, yet Col. Brandon is the only one to gain her respect because he is NOT in raptures. And then he loses her respect for no obvious reason. And as you said, Barbara, she wants a man who has "virtue", yet approves of Willoughby's behaviour. And I am sure there are many other examples
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