Posted by Arnessa on August 02, 1998 at 18:58:47:
In response to More Will and Drabble, written by Cassandra on August 01, 1998 at 15:38:47
] The Will confession scene is one of my favorite of all JA passages and as Barb said it's unique, dramatic, passionate, (very much like JW himself!) revealing so much about WIll as well as Elinor.
] With respect to Will, I agree very much with Drabble-Will is more three dimensional than a Wickham. If he's not fully redeemed, it's difficult to argue that Will did not love MArianne. Why else would he show up, riding in the rain? The Will magnetism, his love, albeit selfish love, for Marianne really shine through there; and like Elinor, I find myself under his spell, wishing for a dizzy moment that he were a widower and could marry Marianne. Only to recall ,like Elinor, in my sober moments that Brandon is the better, more deserving man. Still..."to have resisted such attractions, to have withstood such tenderness! Is there a WWW on earth who could have done it!"
And YES, Will is a maddening enigma that's just it. We cannot decide whether he is redeemable just because WE want him to be so or because he has some redeemable qualities.
My question is WHY did JA write this confession scene. What purpose does it serve other than to undercut the point she's trying to make about sense and sensibility? Unless the point is not as strongly felt as we might think. Willoughby must be heard, and Marianne too because something tells me their overblown romantic characteristics were probably a part of JA that would not be quieted.
- More confession scene talk Cassandra 21:27:01 8/04/98 (2)
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