Willoughby could not hear of her marriage without a pang (...) Had he behaved with honour towards Marianne, he might at once have been happy and rich. That his repentance of misconduct, which thus brought its own punishment, was sincere, need not be doubted (...) For Marianne (...) he always retained that decided regard which interested him in every thing that befell her, and made her his secret standard of perfection in woman;Austen zegt echter over Marianne echter wel het volgende:
Marianne could never love by halves; and her whole heart became, in time, as much devoted to her husband, as it had once been to Willoughby.In hoeverre kunnen we dit als lezers al dan niet geloven - en zouden we het misschien liever anders gezien hebben?
"Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack."
- Virginia Woolf