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Written by Kristina F
(2/13/2013 10:36 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I too don't buy brown mares from men with faultily-hung curricles, penned by Tom P2
I think that, although Willoughby is deceitful, as we see later in the novel, it is rather unlikely that he is telling a lie when he says that Brandon refuses to buy from him and has misgivings about his curricle. Willoughby is a liar, but usually only when he wants to try to improve others' opinion of his character, or when he tries to hide some unsavory incident (again, attempting to make himself look better). Mentioning that Brandon - whom Willoughby knows most of the Barton community greatly respects - is uncomfortable with him is really not very flattering to Willoughby, and certainly doesn't help to raise Elinor's or Mrs. Dashwood's opinion of him. Admittedly, that is not Willoughby's main goal; by saying such things about Brandon, he further endears himself to Marianne, who allows him to influence her behavior and even joins him in ridiculing a man for whom she used to harbor some respect.
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