Posted by Barry on August 22, 1998 at 22:03:20:
I am currently reading S&S, and have just read the chapter where Willoughby comes to Cleveland and surprises Elinor with his dramatic confession. I found the scene, replete with the rainy night, to be slightly out of place and implausibly melodramatic, especially for an Austen novel (almost the kind of scene she would have satirized in NA). I cannot think of another scene where this kind of recantation/confession takes place, especially by a villain (compare to Wickham, who never seems to even regret let alone recant). I am also surprised that it continues to have such a lasting positive effect on Elinor, since the facts he relates do not change the fact that Willoughby has behaved terribly in at least two cases (Marianne and Eliza) to Elinor's knowledge. I apologize if this subject has recently been addressed, but I am curious if others share my reaction here.
- Melodrama , thoughts on the confession and the effect on Elinor Barbara 13:34:11 8/23/98 (15)
- Willoughby's Confession Barry 23:17:15 8/25/98 (0)
- More thoughts Cassandra 18:48:09 8/24/98 (3)
- Thoughts (Warning--long) Mary Anne 20:26:13 8/23/98 (9)
- Will. being sensible Lindsay 10:13:17 8/24/98 (8)
- Why couldn't he just ask? Kathleen Ann 10:56:22 8/27/98 (0)
- The better man? Barbara 13:12:07 8/24/98 (6)
- Could Marianne have resisted Seduction? Barry 23:45:44 8/25/98 (4)
- E. not so sensible? Lindsay 08:40:41 8/25/98 (0)
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