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Written by Kristina F
(2/7/2013 8:13 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Brandon's suspicion of Willoughby, penned by Sarah Hannah
Although I am well aware that Brandon does not immediately suspect Willoughby's motivations in the novel, I think I can understand why S&S3's Brandon is shown as being concerned. After all, David Morrissey's version of Brandon seems highly intelligent and a remarkably astute observer (that is not to say, of course, that Austen's Brandon is NOT intelligent, but S&S3 makes this more evident), and he was a military leader who presumably had to be a very good judge of character, so perhaps he does notice something very alarming in Willoughby's attitude and behavior - something that is overlooked by nearly everyone else. In S&S3, Willoughby also clearly hates Brandon, and I think that Brandon would surely notice this; observe the scene in which Brandon comes to call on Marianne after her fall, and Dominic Cooper's Willoughby glares nastily at him.
Morrissey's Brandon in S&S3 may also be thinking of his older brother, who was a truly horrible husband to poor Eliza and was quite possibly very similar to Willoughby in temperament. Since Brandon has already witnessed firsthand what can happen when people with no moral compass (e.g., Willoughby, Brandon's brother, etc.) are given free reign to do whatever they want, I imagine that he would be very cautious and suspicious around people like Willoughby.
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