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Written by Robbin
(10/2/2009 2:57 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think there is some genuine shared interest there, penned by Barbara
I agree; Willoughby and Marianne do have shared interests. (:D) You are right about his not being able to fool her about music and dancing and reading too—remember poor Edward. I also think he equally enjoyed, along with Marianne, flouting common rules of engagement between single men and women. I think they enjoyed doing many things together, even card playing which Marianne later (Ch. 23) claims to detest. It would seem with common interests and so much manly beauty, charm and ardour his choice to pretend about anything to gain Marianne’s approval is unnecessary. What bothers me particularly about Willoughby’s superficially agreeing to all Marianne’s tastes, opinions and enthusiasms on romantic and sentimental authors is that it might go a long way towards convincing her he is as much a person of sensibility as she is. His treatment of Marianne and Eliza prove that he is not such a person nor (as you have said before) one of virtue. Did Willoughby wish to present himself as a person with great sensibility to Marianne? (:D)
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