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Written by Cheryl
(8/26/2003 12:23 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR - Denoting familiarity, penned by Susan
] Think of Emma's horror when Mrs. Elton, upon only having met Mr. Knightley once, refers to him as "Knightley." That degree of familiarity usually only occurs after a fairly intimate acquaintance. Here, I think it's JA's way of making a definite point.
I agree, and I think the point is that the Dashwood ladies had established an intimate acquaintance with Willoughby.
"He came to them every day."
There is genuine affection being displayed here, not just to Marianne, but to the entire family. And this is what makes his departure under such suspicious circumstances so painful. Even Elinor says "I love Willoughby, sincerely love him; and suspicion of his integrity cannot be more painful to yourself than to me."
This is not a casual acquaintance here, so I have no problem with the Dashwood ladies calling him "Willoughby".
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