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Written by Kristina F
(2/24/2013 12:44 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I must disagree with one assertion..., penned by Sarah Hannah
Yes, Marianne does make that statement in S&S2, but the key point, at least IMO, is that she is merely saying Willoughby would not have been happy with her, not that she would have been unhappy with him. For all we (the viewers) know, Marianne in S&S2 still longs to be with Willoughby, even though she thinks that he would eventually lose interest in her.
Contrast that line in S&S2 with this passage in the novel (Ch. 47), where Marianne acknowledges that she could never have been happy with someone like Willoughby: "It is a great relief to me -- what Elinor told me this morning -- I have now heard exactly what I wished to hear." For some moments her voice was lost; but, recovering herself, she added, and with greater calmness than before: "I am now perfectly satisfied, I wish for no change. I never could have been happy with him, after knowing, as sooner or later I must have known, all this. I should have had no confidence, no esteem. Nothing could have done it away to my feelings."
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