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|Intent to do Harm
Written by Robbin
(10/2/2009 12:44 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A predator, Or "just" selfish?, penned by Heather Leigh
Is purposely doing something harmful to another different from the intent to do harm? Willoughby is not so innocent of his society to be unaware of the harm that results from his actions. How is it possible Willoughby does not know seducing Eliza will harm her personally and injure her future marriage prospects? It destroys her virtue as well as her virginity. He obviously never had any honorable intentions so how could he believe taking her as his mistress for months would not harm her? How could he possibly think telling Eliza he would return and failing to do it would not harm her? Willoughby is selfish and without empathy but IMHO not ignorant of the consequences of his actions. How is Willoughby open about his selfishness, heartlessness and materialism? (:D)
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