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Willoughby the Scoundrel

Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility 2008 and Scoundrel Bar soap, by Northanger Soapworks

I have been remiss in telling you about the Scoundrel soap reference on the #janeaustencalendar! Come springtime in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, you’ll find the Dashwoods staying at Cleveland, the Palmers’ home.

In April, there is a rather important scene that I had no idea existed for several years. I made haste to watch the 1995 film (which I adore) soon after it was released, most notably because the boy I liked at school rather surprisingly announced one day that the girl he married MUST understand Sense and Sensibility??. But I digress. When I read the book four years later I was astounded at the remarkable scene where Willoughby visits Marianne while she’s ill and staying at the Palmer’s home. Why was this not in the film? Surely every person who’s ever been dumped after a romantic relationship would draw satisfaction in knowing that the dumper regretted the action and was totally miserable. Am I right? 😉

Then along came the 2008 film (which I also love!) and I was heartened when I saw that scene had been included. AND there is a duel. Hurrah! You must watch both versions straightaway, but only AFTER you’ve read the book:)

Willoughby makes this surprise visit in mid-April. He says, “My business was to declare myself a scoundrel, and whether I did it with a bow or a bluster was of little importance.” This quote was my inspiration for the soap! It’s available in both liquid and bar.

What did you think of Willoughby’s return? Were you surprised?

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