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Written by Barb JA
(9/29/2009 6:57 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, More on this topic in Chapter 28, penned by kathleen (elder)
That some kind of engagement had subsisted between Willoughby and Marianne, she could not doubt; and that Willoughby was weary of it, seemed equally clear;... she could not attribute such behaviour to mistake or misapprehension of any kind.
Willoughby has gone from engagement to completely treating Marianne as nobody, a complete turnaround. So I think Elinor's indignation is very high. She seems to be giving him a small benefit of the doubt because he had the sense to look embarrassed. (Contrast that with Wickham of P&P who has no shame after what he's done.) In her mind, Willoughby isn't quite so unprincipled as he could have been, but he is still unprincipled.
I think the fact that she can still esteem Edward is because she believes he would never behave the Willoughby did. Of course neither she nor Marianne could have imagined Willoughby behaving that way before they witnessed it.
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