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Written by Kristina F
(9/10/2013 11:00 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, But I think Austen meant it to be sincere, penned by Pete
I think that Willoughby's "regrets" are only that he did not get what he wanted. As Elinor says in Chapter 47, he is not sorry for his cruelty toward Eliza and Marianne (not to mention how he hurt Col. Brandon by extension - and I think that Willoughby was probably quite cruel to Sophia, as well), but is only sorry that he is not as happy as he believes he could have been. When Austen refers to his "repentance of misconduct," I think it is significant that she says his misconduct "brought its own punishment." THIS - the supposed "punishment" - is what upsets Willoughby, NOT the misdeeds of which he is still unrepentant, IMO.
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