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|Willoughby and forgiveness
Written by Mary Anne
(10/11/2009 8:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, He had business at Combe Magna., penned by Reeba
[He who pretends to ask forgiveness cannot forgive others, though I see no reason why he needs to forgive Col Brandon. Perhaps he defeated him in the duel!!! :-D]
*snort* If what you mean is the possibility that Willoughby defeated Brandon, excuse me a moment while I laugh loud and long. I mentioned in a post further down the board that if Willoughby had come off better in the duel, he'd brag about it even if it meant being arrested.
As for Willoughby needing to forgive Brandon---that's the irony. He does cherish resentment against Brandon because Brandon is the better man; I suppose a case could be made for a challenge to a duel being attempted murder, but that would be stretching a point. Willoughby's in no position to think he's taking any sort of moral high ground.
There's a mention in another post about Elinor and Marianne extending forgiveness as Christians should do. There's a passage that offenders like Willoughby are usually anxious to forget: "If thy brother offends, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him." Willoughby does not repent in any real manner that I can discern. If Elinor and Marianne forgive his actions, it's more for their own peace of mind, especially in Marianne's case. Willoughby would also do well to let go of his unfounded resentment against Brandon instead of sulking because the better man won the love of a good woman.
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