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Written by Rachel G
(10/7/2012 6:39 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Unduly cynical about Willoughby?, penned by Robbin
Looking at it from a different perspective, I do think it is possible that Willoughby is on the level here:
He is smitten by Marianne, wants to please her, and he has a spare horse at home.
And suppose he did change the name to appeal to Marianne's romantic sensibilities - well so what? Unless Queen Mab has been trained to answer to her name, it won't make any difference to the horse.
My point is that I think Willoughby's actions, as they appear at this stage in the novel, are capable of favourable and unfavourable interpretation. To a first-time reader the situation is ambiguous at this point, and I believe that was precisely JA's intention.
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