Victim to his aunt's manipulations?
Posted by Kathleen Ann on April 18, 1998 at 11:00:35:
In response to Opportunistic Victim, written by Linda K. on April 18, 1998 at 03:01:31
]If he married Marianne without his aunt's favor, he would be reduced to poverty.
At the end of the book it states;
"...and his punishment was soon afterwards complete in the voluntary forgiveness of Mrs. Smith, who, by stating his marriage with a woman of character, as the source of her clemency, gave him reason for believing that had he behaved with honour towards Marianne, he might at once have been happy and rich."
I can find no indication (correct me if I missed something) that Mrs. Smith did not approve of his marrying Marianne.
Had Willoughby had the courage to risk poverty in the short term he might have been able to marry the woman he loved AND been rich in the end. His punishment is continual because of his own lack of courage. He will be enduring self-inflicted punishment for the remainder of his life.
- Mrs. Smith on Marianne Linda K. 22:45:15 4/21/98 (0)
- Victim to his own opportunism? Arnessa 15:04:39 4/20/98 (0)
- Adjustments . . . Mary Anne 11:29:44 4/18/98 (1)
- Mary Anne Kathleen Ann 19:46:50 4/18/98 (0)
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