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|Would Willoughby have been so lax with the rules ...
Written by Cathy Allen
(9/28/2009 7:02 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs Dashwood, penned by Rachel G
... if Marianne had not been, for all intents and purposes, poor? Had she still lived at Norland, would he have even considered trying to take such liberties? We know that he behaved the same way with Eliza, who seemed to be unprotected, unfortunately unbeknownst to Col. Brandon. Did Willoughby always go for women who had no one to protect them?
These thoughts hadn't occured to me before reading this thread, but I wouldn't put anything past the dastardly Willoughby, though! If you haven't already seen it, take a look at Barbara's post "Worse than a cad," earlier in this GR, or linked, below. It's a perfect description!
I think that poor Mrs. Dashwood was definitely lax in her care for Marianne; had she remained a wealthy woman, she probably never would have encountered such problems. You said it well, Rachel, though; as a mother, she should have been more aware.
|Worse than a Cad|
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