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|Rationalizing her behaviour
Written by Barbara
(10/16/2009 9:23 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Even good girls can be weak on occasion :-), penned by kathleen (elder)
Marianne has fallen so far under Willoughby's influence by the time he leaves, that I can also imagine she might be persuaded to overcome her moral sense. And definitely she would rationalize her behaviour, because we already see her doing just that in Ch. 13:
"I am afraid," replied Elinor, "that the pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety."
"On the contrary, nothing can be a stronger proof of it, Elinor; for if there had been any real impropriety in what I did, I should have been sensible of it at the time, for we always know when we are acting wrong, and with such a conviction I could have had no pleasure."
In fact, those words always sound to me suspiciously like something she had heard from Willoughby and was repeating .
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