Quick Index Board Index Home FAQ Site Map
|Not applicable, maybe, maybe, maybe, and yes
Written by Tom P2
(10/23/2012 5:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Lying to Elinor, penned by Robbin
Robbin> Is Willoughby lying about being very drunk? In the past it has been suggested that he is joking rather than lying. What is supposed to be so funny?
I suggest that the 'very drunk' speech is dripping with irony, though not a particularly funny sort. It sounds to me like the result of stung pride. Willoughby has his pride, even if it's rather an unjustified and twisted sort of pride, and I think he's simply letting off some steam in a moment of resentment at Elinor's imagining him to be drunk.
I mainly regard Willoughby as selfish, careless, and dangerously compelling in his personal presence and manner of speaking. He gets to foist his selfish world view on others too easily. However, I don't believe that he's a cool-headed master manipulator, and I don't believe that he gets any satisfaction out of cruelty. Those things would add nothing toward explaining his behaviour. Elinor's eventual explanation accounts for everything, and is simpler.
Questions #2, #3, and #4 are to do with the kind of details Willoughby doesn't need to remember in order to prop up his pride, so they're the kind of details he could really have forgotten. On the other hand, if he did happen to remember, it would serve his pride to pretend to have forgotten.
Robbin> Did Sophia compose the dreadful letter Marianne received from Willoughby?
I think so. He lacks the motivation to lash out by writing such an impudent letter on his own initiative. In both of the explanations I'm considering right now (Elinor's after cool reflection, and the master manipulator one), he wants Marianne to think more kindly of him, so it's not in his interest to lash out.
Groupread is maintained by Myretta with WebBBS 3.21.