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Written by Jeanne P
(8/13/2003 6:58 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR:--and I meant to add..., penned by Barbara
] Marianne strongly approves of people who speak their mind openly, and when Willoughby gives his opinions of Brandon, she is eager to join in and agree with him. It's a show of support and approval for Willoughby's behaviour.
Someone mentioned this earlier in the thread. So W. was conforming his tastes to Marianne's, but in the case of disliking CB, it was almost like the other way around, Marianne's agreeing with his original opinion. In other words, the origination of disliking CB came from W., not Marianne.
] And, as Elinor says, Marianne has formed this impression 'on the strength of her own imagination'. What authority has Marianne to form any such opinion of Colonel Brandon when she has ever even had a conversation with him? What harm has Brandon done to her at this point and when has he ever been anything other than a perfect gentleman to her and everyone else? The only possible motive for Marianne to say such things is to impress Willoughby and show him how perfectly matched they are in 'every point'.
I know, I know. Impetuous, headstrong teenager girl, Marianne. All assertions, no evidence.
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