Will's confession scene
Posted by Cassandra on December 09, 1997 at 20:38:33:
In response to Love or just regret?, written by Mary P on December 09, 1997 at 19:48:12
I'm glad to hear that someone else agrees that Willoughby's confession was sorely missed in the film. I think that Willoughby sitting on the horse watching the ceremony showed only regret. Essential to me, was the idea that Willoughby really loved Marianne which made it all the more bittersweet. Granted, I think she ended up with the better man, but there was an added dimension in the depth of Willoughby's confessed love. The last scene of the film showed a sense of sadness and regret, but those who haven't read the novel, wouldn't know that it stemmed from a REAL love for Marianne.
Very well stated and I agree 100%. Will's confession scene is one of my all-time favorite JA scenes. And you are right-it's a sweeping movie moment him riding off on the horse-but we don't get the full picture. Believe him or not, and I do, Will reaffirms his love for MArianne in that scene. Beginining as a flirtation and deepening as he realizes she is lost to him forever and to the man he despises most-he loves her. Why else would he show up?
Plus-we learn it was Sophia who wrote the letter to Marianne. WE get the whole, maddening, selfish, complex, dramatic, passionate picture. Even Elinor is moved. Yes-it's missed, as is the scene when MArianne despairs of dear Norland.
But-I can understand why ET took it out. She is clear in the diaries-it took too much emphasis away from the Brandon and MAriane romance. The moment when Marianne thanks him-Sigh moment. The better man has won.
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