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|What about the girls?
Written by Outi
(10/5/2009 2:42 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Good Point; Is Willoughby a "predator?", penned by Jeffrey
I have read all this thread about Willoughby being a predator or not and I am wondering why so little is said about the girls, especially Eliza II? She wasn't raped. She might have been seduced, but on the other hand she might have been a very willing partner and not much seduced at all. She had the opportunity to say no. Col Brandon describes her mother very impulsive, so it might be, that Eliza II was very impulsive too (as was Marianne), and didn't think about the consequences. And how much fifteen year olds DO think about consequences? But they are very interested in sex.
I don't think Willoghby is a predator. I think him as opportunist who takes what he can get and doesn't plan ahead. In that sense he is a fifteen year old, too, so he is immature. He seems to like women who are impulsive and romantic, and so by their very own nature easy to seduce. And he is following the moral code of those times, and by that Eliza II wasn't really respectable because of her mother. So seducing her wasn't as bad as seducing Marianne for example.
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