Posted by Carl W. Goss on December 13, 1997 at 14:30:22:
In response to Willoughby's Childhood, written by Shannon on December 13, 1997 at 01:41:22
Willoughby may be an only child. But this is unlikely since most families in those days had more than one child. And chances are that he was given good principles by his parents. But somehow he went bad. In S&S he seems to have no real feelings; just needs; sexual and financial. Despite what he proclaims, I doubt if he had any real feelings about Marianne. It was a mere dalliance.
He enjoyed being with Marianne, but it ended there, once Lady Allengham sent him to London.
Few men can express their feelings to women properly; so I put little credence on his proclamations to Elinor Dashwood later on in the novel.
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