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|yes I agree about the child
Written by Bridget D
(10/8/2009 1:40 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Even though I don't agree, I do ..., penned by Reeba
Willoughby is very bad in not taking some responsibilty for the child, and of course in running out on Eliza....but I must admit that since I dont much like Marianne adn Eliza is clearly meant to be a shadow version of her, (ie even more emotional nad silly) I get impatient iwht her too! I still can't help thinking "oh come on, she knew quite well that she should not sleep with him" and "is she really so dim that she could not look up a directory or soemthing and find out where he lived?
I wonder though how much all this has to do with the fact that to make the PLOT work, Austen has to set things up this way... ie that Willoughby must have seduced Brandon's ward, that Eliza has to disappear for a certain period of tiem (so that when Brandon finds her he has to leave his party at Barton Park) and so on. Perhaps Austen just wasn't as good in setting out her plots then as she later became....
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