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|Mrs. Smith as part of his drama
Written by LouAnn
(10/13/2009 7:30 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, don't necessarily disagree, penned by Karen G.
The purity of her life, the formality of her notions, her ignorance of the world -- everything was against me.
He treats her as if she was simply a character in his drama who was 'against him.' And of course, this once again shows JA's genius, for surely it was considered 'good' by some morality writers and educators for a woman to be pure, formal and ignorant of the world.
However, Mrs. Smith is not so ignorant. She knows what Willoughby's been up to in the past, and she knows the effect of his desertion on a girl like Eliza. And if her notions of formality are such that her presumed heir should pay attention to her when he visits, and not show his girlfriend around her estate, then he should have known to obey them if he wanted his money.
"She was previously disposed, I believe, to doubt the morality of my conduct in general, and was moreover discontented with the very little attention, the very little portion of my time that I had bestowed on her, in my present visit."
If "all" of this was against him, W. should have known he was acting wrong, instead of trying to defend himself.
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