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|Willougby and Edward
Written by Bridget D
(10/16/2009 5:30 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Willoughby again, penned by Bridget D
One point is about Edward. While he is clearly a better person than W, in most of the novel we don’t see him do anything positively good, do we - except the fact that he sticks to his engagement to Lucy, in spite of the fact that he no longer cares for her and in spite of a lot of pressure to make him give her up. And he wants to be a clergyman and regrets being so idle. So W’s not having done any positive good, (we’re not told that he is a good landlord for example) while regrettable, does not make him all that different in terms of “doing good” than Edward. ? In the novel Brandon is the most active “good character”. He is a good landlord; he has been a good soldier. He takes care of his Eliza and her daughter… He fights a duel for her. And he brings Mrs. D to see Marianne…. (Not to mention giving Edward a living).
But Elinor falls in love with Edward, although he does not do anything very positive in the early part of the novel, any more than W does.
And with regard to Willoughby. I admit I can’t think of any positive good actions on his part, other than rescuing Marianne and entertaining the Dashwoods…. But I would not wish to say that he has NO hope of reform. He might do so…..As I've said, I think that married to Marianne, with no money troubles nad no Eliza in the background, he would probalby have been an affectionate husband
But when I try to defend him, it is because I do feel that many posters seem to attribute bad motives to just about everything he does... Even implying IIRC that he drove all the way from London when he thought that M was dying, just to catch her and Elinor unprotected… and molest them….
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