Posted by autumn on November 04, 1997 at 06:00:10:
In response to Willoughby's Heart, written by Shannon on November 04, 1997 at 01:40:22
Willoughby is in the position to "regret" Marianne, because he gave her up to acquire financial ease. Thus, being free from worries of that sort he was able to fall into the "grass is greener on the other side syndrome." Marianne herself pointed out that if he had married her, her lack of money would have been a constant source of regret to him. So, I would say he does not truly regret her in the sense that he rues the way he treated her, or believes that he gave up a superior woman. I think he regrets the fact that she did not unite excellence and wealth, so he had to give her up.
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