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Written by Nikki N
(9/20/2013 7:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Principles, penned by bridget d
She longed to add, “But of his principles I have”; but her heart sunk under the appalling prospect of discussion, explanation, and probably non–conviction. Her ill opinion of him was founded chiefly on observations, which, for her cousins’ sake, she could scarcely dare mention to their father.'
Darcy never ignored the greater duties of life -- his generosity and responsibilities towards the poor and his family, but ignored the lesser duties of civilities to people he disliked --rather similar to Marianne as she said towards the end, -- chap 46 --
Crawford ignored the greater duties of life, was selfish and irresponsible, but took pleasure in the lesser duties of being charming and civil -- he found it amusing to make everyone like him and think well of him. He was not all bad, and is the most redeemable of JA's villains, JA says in the conclusion that had he persevered, and uprightly, Fanny must have been his reward, and a reward very voluntarily bestowed, within a reasonable period of Edmund's marrying Mary.
Actually Emma was less tactless than Darcy or Marianne regarding the duties of civilities -- she disliked having to pay civilities to Jane Fairfax, whom she disliked, but her dislike was not noticeable -- she was always doing "more than she liked, and less than she ought."
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