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Written by Bridget D
(10/9/2009 2:26 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, So do I., penned by Rachel G
That is what Im trying to say about W and Eliza... he IS to blame, but she does have a share of it... He's not a rapist, and the evidence does seem to be that she was a foolish girl, who was willing to go aroudn with her friend, making friends with people whom her elders woudl probably not have approved of....I think that Austen woudl have seen a girl of 15 or 16 or so as old enough to be responsible for her actions and to be old enough to know that waht she was doing was wrong.. and it is perhaps significant that her mother was also not of very strong character and was led into a "life of sin"
I dont see Eliza as a "Lydia" type.. I think that she was more like a more foolish Marianne..IF Willoughby could lure M into falling in love with him easily, he could probalby induce a similar frame of mind in hte less intelligent, less morally upright Eliza... I see her as being over passionate and emotional, saying "Oh Willoughby I love you - i'd do anything for you... " and of course he is going to tell her that she can prove her love for him by becoming his mistress - and of course telling nobody about it....
I agree wiht the poster who said that the fact that one may give Eliza a due share of hte blame is not taking away the lion's share of the blame from Willougby....just as there is blame for both Marianne adn her mother... and again for Willougby in hte main plot line... (on looking at the novel again, I do find Mrs Dashwood very very silly in dealing with M)
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