Charming, generous Willoughby quickly wins the Dashwoods' trust and favor as Marianne's suitor. Asked for his intentions by rival Colonel Brandon, he coldly relies they're good and retorts. When Brandon is called away from a joint trip with the Middletons on Delaford estate, Willoughby takes over and shows her his grand family home Allenham, unchaperoned in the absence of his aunt, who neglects it. Then he reports that his aunt is sending him to London, indefinitely. Edwars Ferrars' long overdue, unexpected visit is warmly welcomed, but he's gloomy and leaves soon. When the Middletons invite the Dashwoods along to London, neither lover calls by. Elinor learns their poor niece Lucy Stelle is engaged to Edward. At a society party, Willoughby acts coldly uninterested.
Did You Know?
It rained almost constantly throughout the shoot. This prompted writer Andrew Davies
to concoct the scene in which Edward Ferrars (Dan Stevens
) chops wood in a dripping wet shirt, a scene that was quickly compared with probably the most iconic moment in Davies' adaptation of Jane Austen
's Pride and Prejudice
(1995) when Mr Darcy (Colin Firth
) jumps into a lake fully clad. See more
When the Miss Steeles visit Elinor (and Marianne) just as Willoughby announces his engagement to Miss Grey, Anne says something which is not particularly comforting. As Lucy tells her to shut up, she looks back at Elinor with a surprised face as if to say something else. However, immediately following this, the close up of her face, as she says the next line, is in a completely different position - being more relaxed. See more
It is not what we say or feel that makes us what we are it is what we do... or fail to do.
By Sue Harris
Performed by John Spiers
and Jon Boden See more