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Written by Anselm
(10/14/2009 4:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think in Ch.44 Willoughby is 'genuine' ..., penned by Rachel G
have been negative about Willoughby - and fair enough, I'd say. But what about Elinor's final verdict? Her character analysis near the end Ch.44 is quite realistic, very much in the manner of the narrator's voice elsewhere in this novel (compare, for example, Edward's character summary in Ch.3), and leads to a definite, if only very partial, softening of her attitude towards him.
Is she wrong, then? Has she simply been swayed by Willoughby's eager manner and genuine-sounding self-flagellation (which does not amount to real contrition)? Would she change her opinion if she were to read all the relevant messages on this board, or would her view remain the same? If so, would it be merely because she didn't have Internet access, or would the reason be more fundamental?
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