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|So how could Elinor and Marianne forgive him?
Written by MarianneR
(10/11/2009 2:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, She shall forgive me again, and on more reasonable grounds, penned by Robbin
I agree with you in finding it hard to forgive Willoughby afer all his justifications. But obviously Elinor and Marianne donīt have that difficulty. In fact Elinor tells him:"Marianne does -- she has long forgiven you." I canīt remember whether we heard Marianne say such a thing - do you?
Elinor seems to be in a dither:
...colouring likewise, and hardening her heart anew against any compassion for him,
..."Well, sir," said Elinor, who, though pitying him, grew impatient for his departure, "and this is all?"
Elinor's heart, which had undergone many changes in the course of this extraordinary conversation, was now softened again;
"You are very wrong, Mr. Willoughby, very blameable," said Elinor, while her voice, in spite of herself, betrayed her compassionate emotion;
Elinor assured him that she did(think the better of him); that she forgave, pitied, wished him well -- was even interested in his happiness
So at last even Elinor seems to have come to the point of forgiving him. Was it his appearance? His unhappy future? Was it rather an act of pitying him than forgiveness? What do you think?
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