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|A question of Candour
Written by Robbin
(9/13/2009 10:59 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Totally bogus!, penned by Barbara
I agree Marianne is unjust to the dear colonel and Elinor disparages Marianne’s criticism as being based on “the strength of your [Marianne’s] own imagination” so I think she is merely following Willoughby’s lead. Otherwise unless someone was trying to pair her off with Brandon I do not think she would take the time to imagine so many of his imperfections.
This just caught my eye—when Elinor first asks Willoughby why he dislikes Brandon he denies it:
"I may venture to say that his observations have stretched much farther thani your candour. But why should you dislike him?"
"I do not dislike him. I consider him, on the contrary, as a very respectable man, who has every body's good word and nobody's notice; who has more money than he can spend, more time than he knows how to employ, and two new coats every year." (Ch. 10)
Then in the last line of the chapter Willoughby says “you cannot deny me the privilege of disliking him as much as ever” despite the fact he said the opposite just moments before. Also note that Elinor questions Willoughby’s candour—I guess she means he is not being honest with her about his reasons for disliking Brandon. As your post well observes Willoughby’s reasons for disliking Brandon do appear unjust and absurd so it is no wonder Elinor thinks so too. (:D)
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