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Written by Kristina F
(2/14/2013 9:10 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, But would you agree that JA's intent was also, penned by kathleen (elder)
I agree with you that Jane Austen did not intend for readers to know the extent of Willoughby's flaws from the very beginning of the novel, but I can't think of any S&S adaptation that does give this away - S&S3 does not count, because the opening scene is shot in such a way that the characters and their motivations would be very ambiguous to anyone who was not familiar with the story. I do not think that it reveals Willoughby's villainy too soon.
On the other hand, I can think of an S&S adaptation that makes Willoughby a likable and sympathetic character, and I find this very much against the spirit of Austen's novel.
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