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Written by Heather Leigh
(10/4/2009 9:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Willoughby John D and Fanny, penned by Bridget D
ooh, thank you - that works for me - that John D and Fanny and Willoughby can be placed on a continuum of selfishness and heartlessness -- John and Fanny by failing to act, and Willoughby by his actions. That's a clearer way to express what I was getting at in saying Willoughby was more "open" in his selfishness etc.
Of course then you could argue that John and Fanny are just as wicked because their sins of omission are premeditated and carefully (speciously) rationalized, while Willoughby's sins of commission begin as passionate impulses. Though he does rationalize them after the fact, and coldly/premeditatedly cuts off contact with Marianne and Eliza after making them dependent on him.
His seductions might be written off as "crimes of passion," results of excessive ardor and sensual impulse, but his abandonments are cold and calculated.
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