Colonel Brandon’s Widow and Willoughby
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Mrs Brandon, the former Marianne Dashwood, is now a widow, and not yet twenty-five.
Her former admirer Willoughby is as unhappily married as ever, and the thought that she is free to marry again drives him to distraction. He has continued in his dissolute lifestyle, which Marianne detests, while his wife Sophia’s life has been poisoned by jealousy of Marianne.
Marianne urges him that the only possibility of happiness for them is for him to give up his empty pursuit of pleasure. Yet, now the Colonel is gone, Marianne finds that she can no longer push aside thoughts of Willoughby easily herself. She must find some useful way of filling her own empty hours.
Willoughby retains his rascally charm, which an older and wiser Marianne is determined to resist. Elinor and Edward are as astute as ever, while Sir John and Lady Middleton are as foolish. Mrs Jennings remains eager to marry off her associates. Sophia Willoughby is even more sour as the wife of the man she wanted, while Willoughby’s friends are suitably cynical rakes.
This sequel to Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ strives to emulate some of the light ironic touch of the inimitable style of Jane Austen. It is told as dark comedy.