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|Tolerably fixed opinions
Written by Barbara
(9/29/2009 2:57 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Inconsistencies.... Marianne's and JA's?, penned by Anselm
Or maybe, Marianne's 'tolerably fixed' opinions that she does not expect to alter at 'her time of life' were not so fixed as she thought they were. In other words, her opinions wavered to suit her purpose.
She also told her mother that the man of her dreams had to be virtuous: "He must have all Edward's virtues, and his person and manners must ornament his goodness with every possible charm."
How she can reconcile 'virtue' and 'goodness' with rudely criticizing a respectable gentleman behind his back for no good reason shows how 'tolerably fixed' her opnions are.
The irony is, of course, that Willoughby apparently does share some of Edward's 'virtues'--concealing relationships with other women, etc.
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