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|Elinor is in a vulnerable state of mind.
Written by Reeba
(10/11/2009 4:08 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, So how could Elinor and Marianne forgive him?, penned by MarianneR
She felt that his influence over her mind was heightened by circumstances which ought not in reason to have weight;
We as readers can dwell upon every word and weigh it, compare it (I read it over twice to really get as much as possible). And we are not under the influence of Willoughby's charms.
Elinor is in a position of talking to him in person, under the influence of his charm, and shows quite illogical reasonings at times.
Lets compare what Willoghby says about his *love* for Marianne and Eliza;
Her affection for me deserved better treatment, and I often, with great self-reproach, recal the tenderness which, for a very short time, had the power of creating any return. I wish -- I heartily wish it had never been. But I have injured more than herself; and I have injured one, whose affection for me (may I say it?) was scarcely less warm than hers; and whose mind -- Oh! how infinitely superior!"
So here he is returning Eliza's affection. Eliza, whose affections weren't any less than Marianne's. Does his heart and pride good doesn't it ;-)
Was Elinor listening at all?
He had a chance of marrying Eliza which would have secured Mrs Smith's wealth but 'that was not possible'. The only reason I can see is because he had more lined up in Mrs Grey.
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