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Written by Rachel G
(10/3/2009 12:21 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, You don't have to convince me, penned by Barb JA
For example, Cowper etc may have been 'disregarded before', but is W. 'lying' here? Would we really expect a man who was not a great fan of Cowper to respond to Marianne's enthusiasm with the unvarnished truth?
Once we know what a louse Willoughby is, on re-reading all the ambiguous hints appear as pointers to his real character. It is so long since I first read S&S that I can't remember my first impressions, but I think JA intended us to share Elinor's point of view, beginning with happiness for Marianne and liking for Willoughby mixed with a few minor criticisms. Gradually her niggling doubts become real unease, but it is not until the brush-off and Brandon's revelations in London that the shocking truth becomes clear.
Is there anyone here who has not seen any of the adaptations and is reading S&S for the first time?
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