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Written by Nikki N
(9/20/2013 1:55 a.m.)
The faults of Darcy and Crawford were of very different types. Crawford was charming and well-mannered (Wickham-like), while Darcy was haughty, reserved and fastidious. Crawford's were "faults of principle" while Darcy's were "faults of temper" and faults of principle were a much deeper evil.
A couple of posts say that at Pemberley, Darcy was more than friendly towards the Gardiners because he had really changed, and was not merely showing off to Elizabeth, while Crawford, although polite and charming to the Prices to impress Fanny, refused to have dinner with them, and that Darcy would have endeavoured to get acquainted, even with Prices.
But the two situations were very, very different, almost the opposite. Fanny's reproofs to Crawford were not about his pride (Crawford was not proud like Darcy), but on his lack of steadiness and responsibility. And the Prices were even worse than the Phillipses, but Crawford did try to get acquainted with them. Fanny was very relieved that Crawford had the tact to refuse Mr Price's dinner invitation, for to have him see all their deficiencies -- Rebecca's cooking and Rebecca's waiting and the way little Betsey was allowed to eat at table with no manners at all, would have been dreadful and so horrible an evil! Even Fanny could hardly make a tolerable meal, and had to send her brothers to town to buy biscuits and buns for her. Elizabeth, by contrast, was very pleased that Darcy should meet the well-mannered, elegant Gardiners, and for him to see that she had some relations for whom there was no need to blush.
The Gardiners were of a totally different league from the Prices, they were superior to the Phillipses, who were already superior to the Prices -- the Phillipses had perfectly respectable supper parties at their home. But Elizabeth regarded her uncle Phillips as inferior to the militia officers -- a short, stuffy man, breathing port wine. And in the end, Darcy was still not comfortable with the Phillipses, he treated them with "forbearance", not friendliness, and Elizabeth did her best to shield him from them. Since he could be charming even to the Prices, I believe that the outwardly charming Crawford would have got along better with the Phillipses than Darcy did.
Crawford tried to impress Fanny not by showing that he was no longer proud -- Crawford never had haughty, reserved, fastidious manners to begin with, but trying to show that he had become responsible by talking about his responsibilities to the tenants on his estate. But he did it to impress her, and just when she was about to give him an approving look, he spoiled it by saying that he hoped soon to have a partner to share in those responsibilities!
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