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|Good God, Willoughby
Written by Nancy Ann
(9/7/2013 9:31 a.m.)
What a mass of self-immersion he is! Just finished (took two nights) reading aloud his bursting upon the scene with Marianne lying ill upstairs. (In fact, so well written and absorbing was the account of her illness that when Elinor heard a carriage and wondered if it could be her mother and Col. Brandon arriving early, I was completely with her! I was taken by almost as much surprise as Elinor when it was Willoughby! So funny, in retrospect!) But listening to this man's soliloquy only sealed his character for me: he cares about no one but himself. And pushy, wow! There were several instances of him 'demanding' Elinor continue to hear him 'tell all', indulge in every detail that made him feel good to wallow in and exploit...all done, of course, because he would feel better by doing so! Many long monologues of self-indulgence in his 'grief' and 'suffering'...and such a manipulator of emotion (I could better see why he and Marianne were attracted to one another though...in many ways, cut of the same cloth, enjoying drowning in emotion and making great theatre of it.) And Elinor falling for some of it, actually feeling sorry for the man...that part really backed me away from her a bit too. Elinor, after all, is not Jane Bennet! When he finally, finally quitted the house, all my reader and myself could say was, "Good riddance! Don't let the door hit you on your way out!" Wow, what a smoldering mass of selfishness Willoughby is...'Now I want to do this, now I don't, I want that instead, oh, and now I want this other thing, but I want that too....' A taker and user. Possibly even an abuser, in the end. Geesh! Does anyone else have this reaction to Willoughby's late night visit? (Wish I could be more like Jane Bennet, but in this instance or at this time of my life, I certainly am not! In fact, I'd love to see Lizzy in this scene...but that's a topic for Austenuations.)
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