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|GR--No need to spoil
Written by Barbara
(8/12/2003 4:10 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: There's a reason (trying hard not to spoil), penned by KateL
Actually, we already have ample reason for Willoughby to dislike the colonel, despite what may follow.Already in the story we know that Marianne was thought to be a match for Brandon and he was thought to be suitable husband material for her. Mrs. Jennings and Sir John are not exactly circumspect about this.
We also know that Colonel Brandon is considered to be wealthy whereas Willoughby has to remain in Mrs. Smith's good graces to inherit Allenham (although he has a small estate of his own). He criticizes Brandon as having 'more money than he can spend', being respectable and having everyone's good opinion.
Marianne is a beautiful, engaging and extremely attractive young woman. What better way to make sure Marianne does not develop any interest in this worthy, rich, respectable and eligible man that her friends and connections had picked out for her before Willoughby came on the scene than to run him down at every opportunity and encourage Marianne to agree?
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