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|The infamous letter? A join effort, I think,
Written by Rachel G
(10/19/2009 8:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Did Sophia write the Letter?, penned by Robbin
I agree with much that has already been said. I also think that the letter contains elements of what Willoughby has said to Sophia about the Dashwood ladies and his time in Devonshire. Here is a possible scenario:-
Sophia has just read Marianne's letter, the rumours of a girl in Devonshire are true after all. She is very upset ("her tears"), but more to the point she is righteously angry, furious, in an absolute passion, and she lets it show!
Willoughby is given his marching orders....
He protests, he pleads - "I beg you - don't throw away our love. Please - give me a chance - I can explain!!"
After a good deal of this sort of thing Sophia relents a little and consents to hear his explanation, but it had better be good! She is simmering....
Willoughby takes the floor and uses every means in his power to win her over. He tells her of the new family who had come to live in a cottage near Allenham.
W: “You know how it is in the narrow confines of country society - one is grateful for any new faces to vary the scene. The mother in particular a most agreeable woman - respectable - very hospitable - intelligent. She had us all reading Shakespeare together - hardly my usual style, I'll grant you, but it made a welcome change from the sort of gossip and meaningless nothings one usually has to endure.
Sophia begins to be convinced, but she insists that he return the letters and the lock of hair.
W: “I'll do it today.”
S: “You will do it now, before you leave this house, or our engagement is at an end. Do I make myself clear? Here is a pen and paper....”
W: (whining) “But what can I say?”
S: “I fail to see the difficulty. You have just explained everything to me quite clearly.”
Willoughby attempts to write the letter - crumples up his first attempt. He sighs, looks winsome, & says ruefully "I don't know how to say what must be said without giving offence - I can't seem to find the right form of words to begin..."
S: (exasperated) "Oh for goodness sake! Let me try..." (She drafts the letter.)
W: cravenly copies the letter..... and the rest is history.
And what about Sophia's malice? She may be a well-dowered version of Lucy Steele, but I don't think that's necessary. She is clearly a woman who gets angry though, rather than dissolving into an easily-managed snivelling heap, so how about the following?
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