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|Is Willoughby lying
Written by amytat
(10/24/2012 2:11 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Lying to Elinor, penned by Robbin
On whether heís drunk: I always assumed he was being sarcastic.
On the two Eliza questions: I tend to think heís lying but if heís telling the truth I think thatís just as bad since it shows how truly unconcerned he is about Elizaís welfare.
On whether he remembers what he told Marianne: I think itís possible he didnít pay much attention to what he was saying and canít remember exactly what he said Ė again thatís not really better than if heís lying. It does sound like heís aware he said something to make her think heíd return even if he doesnít remember exactly what.
On the letter: Itís hard to know without knowing much about Sophia, besides what Willoughby tells us, but I think itís more likely that Willoughby wrote the letter. I think he would be trying to convince Sophia that he was merely friends with the Dashwood family and never meant to raise Marianneís hopes and would write the letter himself in order to help convince her. I agree heís perfectly capable of composing it.
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