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Written by Nancy Ann
(9/8/2013 10:46 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, White horse, penned by Kristina F
that's the sort of thing I was surprised at on this re-read of the book...that after his brash, slightly intoxicated, selfish and oh-so melodramatic 'confessions', Elinor saw him as less blameable, more pitiable, and had more compassion for his ('tragic'?) situation. Even believed that he'd actually loved Marianne after all (as if someone like that has the first idea of what it really means to love another human being and what that entails!) It was more 'gullibility' on her part than I had remembered being the case. So for me it wasn't just on a 'big screen' version somewhere that a 'poor Willoughby' was indicated...It was in the chapter of the book itself and has left me wondering about Elinor's attitude toward him (and maybe even Jane Austen's?!) As I said, both my SO (who is the reader) and myself just shook our heads and were glad to see the self-immersed W. finally leave the house...but a little surprised at Elinor's 'buying' so much of his sob-story as to pity him.
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