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|GR: disliking the colonel
Written by Barbara
(8/13/2003 5:03 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: clarification requested, please, penned by Jeanne P
]However, W. stated clearly he strongly dislike CB, with the result that Marianne changed her sentiment from feeling sorry for CB to also disliking CB. Is that right? Did the origination of strong dislike of CB come from W. or from Marianne? Which of the two agree or echo that opinion?
I can't see anything that indicates that Marianne disliked Colonel Brandon before Willoughby started criticizing him. In Ch. 7, before Willoughby comes on the scene, Marianne was " perfectly disposed to make every allowance for the colonel's advanced state of life which humanity required."
In other words, she was mostly indifferent to him, a little sorry for him that he should be the subject of the raillery and jokes by Mrs. Jennings along with herself, and thinking that --at age 35--he was 'an absolute old bachelor' who would be in need of a nurse maid rather than a wife.
But Marianne never makes personal criticisms of Brandon's personality or character before Willoughby comes on the scene. In Chapter 10, where they are criticizing him, Marianne's remarks are in agreement with or an "Add to which" of things that Willoughby says.
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