Posted by Barbara on February 17, 1998 at 12:37:43:
In response to Illegitimacy, written by Lynne on February 17, 1998 at 00:44:43
] Now a new question. Why is Willoughby so dead-set against marrying Eliza? Are we ever told? I mean if he wasn't going to marry Marianne anyway...
] Eliza had no fortune, and worse, no name...she was illegitimate, and the her father appeared to be some unknown fellow who slept with her mother.
Was it not generally supposed by nearly everyone, including Mrs. Jennings, that Eliza was in fact the illegitimate daughter of Colonel Brandon?
Also, Willoughby must have known she had no fortune and no name, but I seriously doubt he knew who this girl was at all. I don't suppose it likely that he would have knowingly had an affair with a young lady that everyone thought was the colonel's natural daughter. If he had known who she was, he must have known that Brandon or others of her friends would try to force him to marry her.
- Very true.... Lynne 01:19:43 2/19/98 (0)
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