In Sense and Sensibility, how does Jane Austen present Willoughby's character early in the novel and do her descriptions give the reader any clue to his later behavior?
When we first meet Willoughby, he is described as carrying Marianne home in his arms. He is described as gallant, heroic, and handsome, the picture of an ideal romantic hero. This early description certainly does not give any clue to his true nature. When he first calls on Marianne, she sees that he is sincere and straightforward, with a happy, energetic nature. She also learns that he is fond of dancing and music and that, "Their taste was...
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