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Written by Bridget D
(10/21/2009 3:16 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Drawing the calculating line in the sand, penned by Robbin
I think that he began with the idea of a flirtation, quickly realised that Marianne was too intense to flirt and that she was falling in love with him and then he encouraged her to indulge her feelings but he was aware that he could not afford to marry a girl wtih no dowry....
I just dont think that literally everything he did was calculated...he was aware that he could not afford to marry her so he should have left immediately but for soeme reason he stayed until the Mrs Smtih summons caused him to leave. I dont really see what he gets out of the relationship, except the pleasure of Marianne's company and her feelings for him, so I think that he did return her feelings to a small extent....
as for his avoiding actions that might lead to a breach of promise case, I dont think that he would assume marianne and her family who were so unworldly that Mrs D would never even take elementary precautions about checking out her daughter's suitor were likely to sue him for breach of promise...
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