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Written by kathleen (elder)
(9/15/2009 5:22 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Not only at face value, penned by Outi
I also don't remember Sir John saying anything specific about Willougby's character other than "As good a kind of fellow as ever lived, I assure you." And is there anyone of whom doesn't Sir John speak well at this point?
The other pieces of information that Sir John gives about Willoughby have little to do with Willoughby's character (except in the imagination of Marianne!):
"A very decent shot, and there is not a bolder rider in England"
So no, I don't believe that Sir John gave any positive evidence as to Willoughby's character (just no negatives). Owning an estate in Somersetshire, owning a dog, being a good shot & bold rider, and being young enough to dance until 4 a.m. and still get up at 8 a.m. for hunting aren't any indications of being a good man. :-) Willoughby isn't really all that young, at 25, either; nor would I consider Marianne "wild." But I don't say that their behaviour is cause for great concern, just that Mrs Dashwood probably should have been a bit more cautious.
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