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Written by Robbin
(10/13/2009 9:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, WIllougby's repentance, penned by Bridget D
I can’t take Willoughby’s repentance at face value because he has an excuse for everything he did wrong and he blames others for his situation and it makes me think he does not believe he has done anything very wrong. I agree if Willoughby truly repented he would try to make some amends with Eliza and IMO he might also try to change his ways but he tells Elinor he will make no effort to change unless she and hers will take an interest in his fate:
Elinor assured him that she did; that she forgave, pitied, wished him well -- was even interested in his happiness -- and added some gentle counsel as to the behaviour most likely to promote it. His answer was not very encouraging.
"As to that," said he, "I must rub through the world as well as I can. Domestic happiness is out of the question. If, however, I am allowed to think that you and yours feel an interest in my fate and actions, it may be the means -- it may put me on my guard -- at least, it will be something to live for. Marianne, to be sure, is lost to me for ever. Were I even, by any blessed chance, at liberty again -- " (Ch. 44)
Elinor gave Willoughby guidance and he threw it back in her face. I do not think he is going to change if they take an interest in him rather he just wants to maintain a connection to them. (Why he wants a connection is another post!) My point is Willoughby does not need guidance to be a better man, he is not ignorant of what is right and wrong, what he needs is the will to be a better man. IMHO Willoughby does not want to be a better man. (:D)
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