Willoughby, part 1
Posted by Marsha on August 19, 1998 at 15:41:20:
In response to Willoughby. . . , written by Stephanie S on August 19, 1998 at 12:22:48
(sorry for multiple parts, but computer won't allow long messages)
This is wonderfully well put, Stephanie. As one of the recepients of "most likely to defend W" award, I'd go farther, and say that for me, in reading of S&S, W was the hero of the book. Certainly more so than either Edward, gone for most of the book or Brandon, who in the book, was so pale a shadow, if I'd turned a page more quickly, I would have forgotten about him.
W's got plenty of faults, but he's so vibrantly warm and alive, that I do not notice them, swept along by the charm of his personality. We do always dwell more on misdeeds of people we don't like. But I don't like him just for the charm of manner, but because his feelings are so genuine. He really was in love with Marianne, unlike Wickham who just trifled with Lizzy. And he's capable of feeling remorse. He lacks the "bloodless propriety" which Brandon posesses, but he really feels life, does not just carefully walks through it, as so many JA characters do.
- Willoughby, part 2 Marsha 15:42:13 8/19/98 (5)
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