The nature of Marianne and Willoughby's relationship becomes the subject of an argument between Elinor and Here's some modern advice. Thread: Marianne's marriage to Brandon in context . manner, where the other guy shows himself a support and one you can count on. Willoughby would potentially have married Marianne and maybe after a few years they. Even when Marianne believes that Willoughby loves her and will be faithful, she . relationships, turning to close others for support, especially in times of stress.
Elinor and Marianne then encounter him by chance at a cotillion and Marianne confronts him for not replying to her letters.
Willoughby treats her very coldly and is obviously paying attention to another lady. This greatly upsets Marianne who has to be taken home early. The next day, Marianne receives a letter from Willoughby in which he informs her in very cold and distant terms that his affections have long been engaged elsewhere and he is sorry if she ever mistakenly thought otherwise.
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He also returns all her letters and the lock of hair that she had "so obligingly bestowed upon him". Marianne is thrown into utter despair. Elinor thinks that Willoughby has broken an engagement with Marianne, but she explains that they were never engaged.
Elinor attempts in vain to afford Marianne some consolation, and she tells her beloved sister to think of her family and to exert herself through this difficult interval of sorrow.
At the ball it is revealed that Mr. Willoughby's scandal[ edit ] Colonel Brandon, a friend of Elinor and Marianne, explains the reason for Willoughby's abrupt change of heart. It turns out that Willoughby had seduced the Colonel's year-old ward, Beth, then abandoned her though she was pregnant. Brandon finds her, but in doing so Willoughby's actions are revealed to the world.
When his aunt learns of the scandal, she demands that he makes amends to Beth. When he refuses, she expels him from her estate and disinherits him, leaving him penniless and with many debts. It is at this point that he flees to London in search of a rich wife. Elinor tells Marianne about this in order that she see what a selfish person Willoughby is.
Marianne catches cold[ edit ] Marianne is so distressed by Willoughby's rejection that she becomes sick. She catches cold, which becomes putrid fever. She is not expected to survive, but does pull through. Willoughby coincidentally visits the house. He speaks to Elinor and confesses he had been genuinely in love with Marianne and intended to ask her to marry him.
Marianne's marriage to Brandon in context
But when the scandal broke and his aunt dismissed him from her favor, he felt he had to marry for money because of his penniless state and debts. Willoughby's punishment for his treatment of Marianne is to spend the rest of his life married to a woman he does not even like, and to know that his bad behaviour lost him the woman he did love.
His aunt, however, eventually forgives him, allowing him to return to Allenham, because of his marriage to Miss Grey. Wanting to throw away your life potentially if your wife stays alive just because she's got money? Had he been a strong person, he would have pleaded and there was an end to it. Edward Ferrars does not do what Willoughby does. Fortunately for him, she leaves him, but that is a person you can depend on.
Marianne does say what she says about older men in the beginning, but she quickly comes round to the fact that Willoughby is nowhere to be seen when she is in need, indeed he has left her to rot in such a horrible and despicable manner, where the other guy shows himself a support and one you can count on. That speech about 'flanel waistcoats' is also part of the irony don't forget. Like LM said, Marianne has to learn that first impressions are not everything and that sometimes a man who is not so passionate on the surface is a better buy than a man who comes across better.
Brandon is potentially a much better man to marry. He worships her, he is quiet, he is happy she has no money, he is so honorable as to care for the child of an old flame of his it is not even hiseven at the point where he is openly ignored by Marianne, he continues to try his best without leaving it altogether. He is just a man you can trust. His affection is not going to go away over night.
Willoughby would potentially have married Marianne and maybe after a few years they would have grown apart because the only thing he is bent on is pleasure.