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Written by TimLee
(10/9/2009 1:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Good point!, penned by Barbara
This reminds me of the passage from P&P: "I have just had a letter from Jane, with such dreadful news. It cannot be concealed from any one. My youngest sister has left all her friends -- has eloped; -- has thrown herself into the power of -- of Mr. Wickham. They are gone off together from Brighton. You know him too well to doubt the rest. She has no money, no connexions, nothing that can tempt him to -- she is lost for ever."
A "friendless" young woman, no father or other close relative to step in as needed (as Uncle Gardnier was willing to do for Lydia), was particularly vulnerable. Willoughby recognized this apparently when choosing his victims. He's a cad. A well written cad, but a cad nonetheless.
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