Agreed. It just clicked in the church as he was talking about "the spark," paired with all his crazy actions that episode, that he had a soul. It wasn't really about her believing him at that point because she knew it to be true.Spike never said "Buffy I have a soul". She figured it out on her own in the church when he was rambling about the spark in him. So it was more a case of believing in her own instincts.
Doesn’t he? And i mean not ensouled Spike but soulless Spike wants to be with Buffy so desperately. Buffy’s says no i don’t/can’t love you. He knows that the issue she has is he is evil ergo why not act like he has a soul? Seems like he would have motivation to lie so she will be with him.Spike has no motive to lying
To me, I refer back to what @GoSpuffy said in an earlier post; it wasn't about romance, it was about instinct. Buffy didn't trust him because she had feelings for him, she trusted her own instincts that helped her figure out what his crazy ramblings in that church meant. To me, that makes almost perfect sense.So maybe the answer is supposed to be romantic - that she “just knew”? But it seems to me that throwing out the romantic element she probably should have at least considered the option that he was lying to get her to be with him.
Given what Buffy knew about Spike, how he never seems to do anything in small measures, and his love of grand gestures, I think that, once she heard him mention "the spark," which pretty much explained the way that he had been acting since his return to Sunnydale, after the momentary shock, she couldn't have come to any other possible conclusion. Her only question would have been "How?"The question isn't whether she should have believed Spike, but whether she should have so easily accepted that he had a soul.
Ok that's cool - but I don't understand how this translates to her instinctively knowing that he has a soul? Are you saying its because of their close connection?Buffy and Spike had a connection. They knew each other intimately. They had been through a lot in the 5 years previous and she had that insight to fall back on. Even when he was full on evil in S2 she was able to trust him enough to have a truce and form an alliance. Buffy knows Spike, what makes him tick, his motivations. She had seen him at his worst and at his best and she knows he is one hell of a vampire.
I don`t really see the difference, but maybe it is, because my English isn`t good enough. It sounds the same to me. If she believed him, that he got the soul, how could she not accept, that he had a soul ? She could have disliked it or regarded it as unimportant, but not accept, that the soul was there ? That sounds to me like not accepting, that he has a nose or two eyes. If it is there, it is there. But maybe I just got your question wrong. If so, I´d really like to know.The question isn't whether she should have believed Spike, but whether she should have so easily accepted that he had a soul.
Which actually was her only question ;-)Her only question would have been "How?"
Also - side note - someone could've given Angel a call and said - hey btdubs if you want a soul without that pesky clause deal just go to this address in Africa...It would have been smart of Buffy (and all the scoobies) to think about it a little more than she (they) did. Not so much for Spike specifically, but more in general...if vampires can just go out and get a soul if they want one it really changes the way the demon world works. It seems odd that they would just accept that this was some special one time thing and not try and look into the how, why, and what of it.