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Written by Rachel G
(10/16/2009 1:39 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I'm not sure where the onus of proof is, but..., penned by Tom P2
It seems to me that once Willoughby's crimes and faults are known to them , this knowledge leads people to eagerly seek the worst possible interpretation of his every action and utterance when they re-read. Certainly the knowledge is not easy to forget; his crimes are serious and his faults are many.
However, I don't believe that JA intended to issue a "Cad Alert" whenever Willoughby puts in an appearance. I think that a more nuanced reading may be possible if the text is approached with an open mind as a first-time reader would do.
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