And he really does make a romantic-with-a-small-r entrance, it's true, swooping to the rescue through the storm at exactly the right moment. Ignoring propriety in the interest of getting Marianne safely home. Carrying her around in his manly arms like a superhero. Is it any wonder she's overcome with pleased embarrassment?
I sometimes think Sir John is a little dim to not know more about Willoughby than what kind of rider and hunter he is, though of course, those are his own primary interests. But when we see Willoughby sort of morph, chameleon-like, to suit Marianne's exact tastes, I cease to wonder at Sir John because I bet Willoughby has done the same thing with him. Sir John is super enthusiastic about hunting and other sportsman-like pursuits, so when Willioughby hangs out with him, that's what he's into too.
Anyway, we once again end with people making insulting remarks about Colonel Brandon, so we once again end with me frowning mightily. Grr.
Random small thing that used to confuse me, so I thought I'd explain it in case it confuses some of you too, and that's the use of names in regards to unmarried ladies. The eldest unmarried daughter gets called "Miss" and her last name. The younger daughters then get called "Miss" and their first name. If the eldest gets married, then the next-oldest advances to being called "Miss" plus the last name. So Elinor is properly called (by those who are not family) "Miss Dashwood," but her sisters are "Miss Marianne" and "Miss Margaret." If Elinor was to get married, then Marianne would be called "Miss Dashwood" instead. Now, Willoughby refers to Marianne as "Miss Dashwood" when he first brings her to the house and says he will call again the next day to see how she is, but that's because he doesn't know the family and doesn't know she's not the older sister, plus he also doesn't know her first name anyway. Once he knows that Elinor is the eldest, and what Marianne's first name is, he is free to address her as "Miss Marianne" within all bounds of propriety.
1. Do you think Mrs. Dashwood is wise to avoid taking Sir John up on his offer of letting the Dashwoods borrow his carriage to travel around getting to know people in the area?
2. Do you enjoy spending time with people who, like Willoughby, "acquiesced in all her decisions, caught all her enthusiasm" (p. 90)?