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|Poor poor Willoughby!...
Written by Kelly Anne
(9/12/2003 1:53 p.m.)
Oh my goodness...I am reading Sense and Sensibility for the first time right now (and I LOVE it, by the way) and have just read a passage in it (chapter 44) that was not in the Emma Thompson version, so I did not know almost anything about it. I had read something about it briefly before, here it is: "Thompson's original version had Willoughby return to Marianne's deathbed for eight pages of dialogue" which was cut for the film by the director Ang Lee. But I had forgotten about that, and was so shocked and pleased at what I came across whist reading! Willoughby does most certainly give HIS side of the story, which is so sadly left out of the film. I have heard of people very much liking Willoughby (like you, Carrie! : ) but I never could exactly "like" him seeming how much of a jer...I mean "Libertine" he was! ; D Also, the time with the letter he "wrote" Marianne, when he sent back to her her letters and lock of hair, was in the film, but it did not ever clear up his side of the situation, and it was just assumed that he had indeed written it and was now indifferent to Marianne. But, in the book, it is explained that Miss Grey had gotten a hold of Marianne's last letter to Willoughby before he did, and out of jealousy wrote a truly cruel and cold letter which he had no choice but to copy over in his handwriting. NONE of this is explained in the film, and we are left to believe the worst. The emotions I felt while reading this chapter were quite intense, and one time during reading and another at the end of the chapter, I heaved two massive sighs....; }
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