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|It is interesting to wonder why
Written by Barbara
(9/30/2009 4:58 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A very awkward narrator, penned by Ivonne
During the 'confession' he tells Elinor "I called her a distant relation; but I am well aware that I have in general been suspected of a much nearer connection with her." And, in fact, Elinor has heard this from Mrs. Jennings at least twice, that Miss Williams is Brandon's 'natural daughter' and his 'love child'. Considering the way the people associated with Barton Park love to gossip, probably everyone of their mutual acquaintance has heard this rumour.
Perhaps, knowing the rumours that he fathered a child out of wedlock too, he wanted to make it clear who Eliza was to him. It's not really that he's trying to defend himself. But, the story is meant to show something about Willoughby's character. If Brandon himself had also left an unmarried girl pregnant with his child (therefore a natural daughter or love child) would it seem a bit hypocritical for him to criticize Willoughby for having done the same thing?
Of course, Colonel Brandon cared for her and provided for her, which is more than Willoughby apprently intends to do for his child.
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