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Written by Leah Noel
(9/16/2009 1:13 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Twenty-five, penned by Karen G.
I can say as a 25 year old, that the last 8 years have been very long. I am still very young, but I am much more of an adult then I was at 17. I now find that I easily make friends with people older than me, whereas before I was probably just a little bit too silly to be taken seriously. I have to admit I was very much a Marianne- and have matured into an Elinor.
In modern times that span of time brings us from high school through college and into the "real world" where you generally go off on your own and "come of age". In JA's time one came of age around 16 so those 8 years could have even been more transformative.
To relate that back to Willoughby- it seems as though he doesn't yet get alone with the "adults" (Col. Brandon, Mrs Jennings, Lady Middleton) and instead becomes close with Marianne who is rather immature. This makes me believe that Willoughby has not matured as he ought. This may be due to the fact that he does not take responsibility for himself (we know he lives beyond his means) and he does not moderate his behavior appropriately in society.
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