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Written by Robbin
(9/13/2009 11:23 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs. Smith?, penned by Barbara
If Willoughby is being jerked around by Mrs. Smith then I think he would feel she owes him more respect. He is her heir after all. I can also see him envying Brandon’s independence. According to Mrs. Jennings (Ch. 14) Brandon has cleared the Delaford estate from the sad financial situation his brother left it in at his death. Willoughby has financial problems (also Ch. 14) and he may very well resent the fact Brandon has resolved his problems while he still suffers from his. If Mrs. Smith is something of a Mrs. Ferrars then usually Willoughby bears his situation in better cheer than Edward. Willoughby professed to be happy at Barton until he is forced to leave by Mrs. Smith and Edward, upon his arrival in Ch. 16, does not seem able to find any happiness at Barton although he is far away from his mother and Fanny which ought to be a happiness in itself. (:D)
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