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Written by Bridget D
(10/22/2009 7:20 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Flirtation versus Courtship, penned by Robbin
I am not sure if I should reply to this, because I feel like I’m always feeling that I need to defend Willoughby and I DON’T think he's a good person - I just don’t think that he is as bad as many posters in this group read seem to see him. JA made him bad enough – after all he IS the villain. .. But it seems like some posters wish to disbelieve every word he says, attribute him bad motives for every single thing he does. I think that she means his confession to be taken more or less at face value. And I think that while she sympathises with a girl like Eliza who fell victim to him, she also saw Eliza as being at fault. he certainly harmed Marianne but IMO and I think in Austen’s Marianne also harmed herself.
All I’ll say is that yes I think M’s relationship with Willoughby went from a flirtation to something more. However I think that Austen meant us to see that Marianne’s defying the conventions was foolish… because to some extent the conventions were there to protect young women. One of the reasons behind the “not being alone with a man often” rule was to protect young men and women from their own hormones and feelings….
However this is my last word
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