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Written by Reeba
(10/13/2009 5:06 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think in Ch.44 Willoughby is 'genuine' ..., penned by Rachel G
Since he's showing his real self here, the selfish, self centred, cold hearted, money grabbing, jealous, blaming others, etc etc, I would say he's genuine. Very very genuine - at last!!!!!!!
He wasn't genuine at Barton Park hiding these characteristics with his charms, like when he criticizes Col Brandon and the rest.
What he says when he comes out of this reverie is as follows;
"But she will be gained by some one else. And if that some one should be the very he whom, of all others, I could least bear -- But I will not stay to rob myself of all your compassionate good-will, by showing that where I have most injured I can least forgive. Good bye; God bless you!"
These thoughts are indeed painful to him. And I think that's what the ON is telling us. The pains are of a very different kind. IMO in no way can Willoughby's pains be in any form similar to those of Elinor, and be of the same kind.
For a man of his character to lose Marianne to another person, that too, as he believes possible, Colonel Brandon is surely killing him with all the pain.
He has married Miss Grey after much deliberation, and intrigue, and bad behaviour with other girls. Surely that's not what he's mulling over now.
I'm going to write another post (as soon as I have the time) from another angle about Willoughby's visit here where he pretends to bare all.
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