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Written by Robbin
(10/4/2009 9:40 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yet Marianne was guilty of much the same behaviour..., penned by Divya
I think Marianne’s decision to go to Allenham Court was badly done. It was rather callous of them and I hope poor Mrs. Smith was not aware of it. Elinor said “If they [the grounds & house] were one day to be your own, Marianne, you would not be justified in what you have done”. Only two things can be said for Marianne. She did admit it was ill judged and she might have resisted going at first. Marianne said, “Perhaps, Elinor, it was rather ill-judged in me to go to Allenham; but Mr. Willoughby wanted particularly to shew me the place” which sounds like there was some charming persuasion before she agreed. I think Marianne knew it was wrong to “go while Mrs. Smith was there …with no other companion than Mr. Willoughby” but at first did not wish to admit it to Elinor. If Marianne had not been already ashamed of it she would not have colored when Mrs. Jennings said she knew where they had spent the morning. It seems this was one common-place and mistaken notion Marianne knew it was wrong to flout. On the other hand, John & Fanny have every right to improve Norland as they see fit. (:D)
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