Henry Crawford and Willoughby
Posted by Rachel on November 02, 1997 at 14:36:09:
In response to Worse than Wickham? Impossible!, written by Arnessa on October 29, 1997 at 02:13:22
] Is there no mercy for people who confess their sins? To me, this goes a long way to redeeming Willoughby. Just because Willoughby's crime is worse than Wickham's does not mean that he is worse. To me it is worse to be without a conscience than to disobey that conscience. Wickham never believes he is wrong, that he has injured anyone. Wickham always thinks he is the victim.
] Willoughby knows his crime and seriously repents it. That is what makes me think Willoughby will be respectable for the rest of his life, while Wickham will continue to sink. People say Willoughby is a liar and a cheat and a womanizer, but we have no proof of this outside of what he did to Eliza. And though that is horrible, is there any one of us who would like our whole character to be judged on the worst thing we ever did?
I agree so totally with you. To me, Willoughby reminds me so much of Henry Crawford. They both were somewhat of womanizers (although in Willoughby's case, all we hear about is Eliza), and both commited one horrible error in their careers that ruined it for them with the heroine. I think both men really did realize their mistakes, but didn't get the second chance. (Speaking of second chances, what if Darcy hadn't gotten his?) But I digress.
(BTW, hello! I've not posted here at the S&S board before)
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