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|Negative view of Willoughby
Written by Robbin
(10/15/2009 8:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, too negative, penned by Bridget D
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. (Ch. 44)
If, as you say, Willoughby does not deserve to be seen as negatively (as I see him) then can you please give some explanation, perhaps examples from the text that support your opinion? What are Willoughby’s good points? On what basis do you believe Willoughby is not irreclaimably bad? Does that mean you think he can reform? In Ch. 44 (above) Elinor gives Willoughby some advice on how to promote his happiness. Willoughby brushes it off without consideration. This suggests to me he has no interest in changing his behavior and the will to change is essential before any improvement can be made. So far I do not see any evidence in the text Willoughby is willing or capable of reforming his ways or his character. I can only go by the text which I believe supports a very negative view of Willoughby. (:D)
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