Do you think that JA was a little in love with Willoughby herself?
Posted by Barbara on August 18, 1998 at 15:21:46:
While looking around online for some things to add to my Literary Companion page, I came across this article: Introduction to Sense and Sensibility
by Reginald Brimley Johnson
Published by J. M. Dent & Sons, 1922
It talks about all of JA's novels actually, but several times Johnson makes statements that make it seem as though JA favoured Willoughy above all her other so-called villains. For example:
--he writes that Willoughby seems to have a lot more natural charm than even heroes such as Mr. Darcy and Mr. Knightley
--in general, JA treats mercenary marriages and those who make them with contempt, but does not seem to have this attitude toward Willoughby
--He writes:Though she had a strong natural distaste for pictures of guilt and misery, she has drawn us some villains who
wear sheep's clothing for a considerable period, and seriously interfere with the course of true love. Wickham
belongs to a somewhat commonplace type, being cool, selfish, and calculating, pleasing in his address and a
skilful liar. Willoughby's unaffected sensibility is a more original conception, which is well sustained.
Do you think that JA could have written such a character as Willoughby (and a character who can inspire endless debate!) without being a little in love with him herself? Her contempt for characters she does NOT like is always evident...
- Will power Cassandra 09:20:41 8/19/98 (8)
- Willoughby. . . Stephanie S 12:22:48 8/19/98 (7)
- Willoughby, part 1 Marsha 15:41:20 8/19/98 (6)
- Willoughby, part 2 Marsha 15:42:13 8/19/98 (5)
- A sanguine temper Arnessa 18:47:54 8/18/98 (2)
- Willoughby BarbaraB 17:03:22 8/18/98 (0)
- Oh, Barb! Now you've done it!!! Caroline 16:46:18 8/18/98 (4)
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