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Written by Melissa K
(10/20/2009 1:32 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think both had a hand in it, penned by LouAnn
That might be true. It might not. We only have Willoughby's word for it. The whole breakfast scene he describes with the letter from Marianne, and Sophia apparently wrestling his pocketbook from him, etc. etc. might not be true.
Would he really be carrying those letters from Marianne around with him while he is spending time at Sophia's house? Wouldn't they have been safer somewhere else?
He says Sophia wrote the letter, and only says that he transcribed it when Elinor points out that it is in his handwriting. If she really dictated it to him, I think he would have made it a point to mention that initially.
I have always thought that this is just another example of Willoughby's lies. I think the line about "my affections have long been engaged elsewhere" was written by Willoughby to protect himself, should anybody (Marianne) ever show Sophia the letter. Or...if Sophia was reading over his shoulder as he wrote, this line would serve to further his defense by making it appear that he really, really loves her (Sophia.)
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