In Mr. Willoughby's defense..
Posted by MaureenJ on May 11, 1998 at 23:49:48:
In response to Rakes and flirts, written by Linden on May 10, 1998 at 00:36:48
] Even that most unfirtatious hero Edward Dashwood allows Elinor to fall in love with him when he's engaged to Lucy.
] So while none of the flirts show signs of seducing anyone, they could still have done serious harm. After all, it's not Willoughby's rakishness that nearly kills Marianne: it's the fact that he made her fall in love with him and then deserted her.
Even though he was a rake, if we consider Beth, his intentions were honorable towards Marianne. In his abandoning her, we might think of other things to call him, but I don't think "rake" would apply here.
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