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Written by Barb JA
(9/29/2009 8:06 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Willoughby and Edward, penned by Barbara
Some big differences i think-
In contrast, everyone thinks Marianne and Willoughby are engaged. Some of it is Marianne's fault, but Willoughby is much worse. Contrast the locks of hair. Willoughby begs for a lock of Marianne's hair. Elinor is flattered to think that possibly Edward has stolen a lock of her hair somehow. But he hasn't! This was Elinor's fancy. Yes, Edward, being engaged, was wrong to hang around Norland after he was attracted to Elinor. He was wrong to come to visit them at the cottage too.
Elinor's situation does gain by comparison. Neither she nor Marianne will have the man they love, but Elinor knows Edward would never act the way Willoughby did at the party, and that he wouldn't be capable of writing such a horrible letter.
Elinor's indignation after reading the letter where every line was an insult...proclaimed it's writer to be deep in hardened villainy
There may have been some parallels in the sisters romantic relationships, but their paths diverged when Willoughby behaved as he did. Edward may have been somewhat dishonest in his behavior, but she has no reason to think him unprincipled.
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