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Written by Bridget D
(9/11/2013 1:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, another sarcastic irony, penned by Nikki N
yes JA does use irony in many parts of hte novel, but in reference to a religious concept like repentance I dont beleive she meant to be ironic. She IMO shows us that while Will is aand alway will be selfish, he is not a complete monster as most people here seem to see him, and that he DID have genuine if limited feelings for Marianne. He WAS genuinely shocked when he heard she was dying and upset. He went to see her out of a wild emotional impulse. He DID regret and repent his folly and selfishness in letting her down. Yes it was partly becuase his decision to marry SOphia and be rich had not made him as happy as he had hoped, but then if he were so utterly callous and selfish as he is seen by some, he would not BE unhappy in a bad marriage so long as he had his money. He woud not care that M was dying or that the Dashwoods had a bad opinion of him... certainly not to the extetn of driving half way across England as fast as he can..
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