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Written by Robbin
(10/2/2009 11:57 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sensiblity = virtue ?, penned by CarolTS
I meant Willoughby has not virtue or sensibility. I was not connecting them beyond that fact Marianne believed he possessed both and as I see it he possesses neither. I see sensibility as the “capacity for sensation or feeling; responsiveness or susceptibility to sensory stimuli” (dictionary.com). Marianne has that capability and responsiveness unto dead leaves. Willoughby’s capability for feeling and responsiveness to stimuli seems confined merely to himself. Just two examples: In Ch. 15 he hopes Marianne is not ill but is minutely concerned with torturing himself, so much so, that he runs from the cottage like a man on fire. In Ch. 29 he is obviously more concerned with what his companion might think of his going to Marianne than the fact he is crushing her heart into dust. (:D)
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