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|common and dangerous opinions about love
Written by Heather Leigh
(9/16/2009 4:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Something I have often wondered about., penned by Reeba
Maybe he's afraid that Willougby's departure will leave M thinking that "love" is no more than an illusion or a social game, and that no lover is sincere or worthy of trust -- these would be the "too common, and too dangerous" opinions expressed in many novels of the period (I'm thinking of "Dangerous Liaisons," for example... not that the Dashwoods would have been reading THAT! but along those lines.)
He seems to think it would be better for Marianne to be disappointed in love, yet keeping her romantic ideals intact, than to accept a second suitor after sinking into a jaded or cynical attitude toward the idea of true love.
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