Posted by Kathy F. on September 25, 1997 at 08:22:13:
In response to Mrs W, written by Cassia on September 18, 1997 at 18:14:52
I read the pertinent parts of S&S last night, and here is my idea:
Miss Grey was like Charlotte Lucas: "Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance...." She was not handsome, so she had probably resigned herself to being married for her money. She knew that Willoughby didn't love her, but wasn't expecting him to love her, so she shouldn't have gotten so upset, but when she saw how much her fiance and Marianne obviously loved each other, she became "jealous as the devil" (there are many different levels of knowledge, I believe, and knowing that something might exist somewhere is quite different from knowing that it does exist--right in front of you and everybody else in society). Add to that her desire to get away from her guardian's wife, (for the sake of argument, let's say that they had recently had a bad fight right before she met Willoughby, or became engaged to him), and voila!
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