Posted by Hil on August 31, 1997 at 21:25:55:
In reply to Re: Willoughby and Marianne? posted by Eva on August 29, 1997 at 03:53:44
] ] ] I am quite confused by this relationship, i had no problem believing that Wickham was a jerk but found Willoughby was a little more complex.
] ] ] It seemed as if he did love Marianne. I find it difficult to believe that the relationship was not real. Can anybody help?
] ] I think you're right in believing the relationship was real. I think Willoughby loved Marianne, too. He was a weak person with a good heart, and unfortunately Marianne needed him to be strong. Such is the stuff of which tragedies are made. I view Willoughby as a tragic figure.
] Yearh but as Jane Austen points out, he will not die of his selfinflicted broken heart. He will continue to enjoy the red wines, the hunts and sometimes even his home and his vife, And how right she is....
I think he equates quite nicely with Charlotte. She chose material things. Willoughby is definitely much worse, because he drags others down as well as himself, but they both do themselves in.
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