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|GR: Odd omission
Written by Barbara
(9/18/2003 1:33 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Point of Interest, penned by Monica C.
It does seem odd that she would leave him, of all people, out of her list of people she has treated badly. However, as you say, I think it must be because she has never directly treated him in any manner. All of the insults against him were behind his back and many of them (although not all) were at Willoughby's instigation.
Also, I think perhaps that she has no idea that he has any particular feeling for her at this point. Even though she thanked him and was grateful to him for bringing her mother, and also felt some compassion and pity for his ill-fated history with Eliza, Marianne might still be of the opinion that he is beyond having any deep feelings of that sort and wouldn't imagine him to be so affected by her.
Her realization of the degree to which he is attached to her--how much and for how long--does not burst upon her until later on. Perhaps she think that since he is too old to have proper feelings and since she has never said or done anything to his face, that he cannot be counted with the rest of them.
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