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|parallels and contrasts between Darcy and Crawford -- Darcy
Written by Nikki N
(9/20/2013 11:59 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Parallels, penned by Ramya
In the comparison regarding the meetings with the heroines' respective relatives at Pemberley and Portsmouth, I think the comparison is misleading because it omitted the important point about how very vulgar the Prices were, and the direct contrast of how very well-bred the Gardiners were --
"Elizabeth Bennet meets up with Darcy at his childhood home; his softened manner surprises and pleases Elizabeth Bennet. His kind treatment of her (in his earlier opinion) low relatives also pleases her. He invites further acquaintance. The meeting is by accident."
Elizabeth was pleased at his kind treatment of the Gardiners, AND she was also pleased that he should see that not all her relatives were vulgar. Although in trade, her uncle Gardiner was an agreeable and gentlemanlike, and her aunt an elegant women (narrator's description in chap 25)
Elizabeth's reaction -- chap 43 --
Earlier at Longbourn --
Darcy was all pride and scorn due to Mrs Bennet's and the Phillipses' vulgarity. Before meeting the Gardiners, he must have thought the Gardiners to be like them too. At the end, he was still not quite at ease with Mrs Bennet and the Phillipses, but had learned "forbearance", and they were luckily in too much awe of him to be familiar. The reformed Darcy would never become Bingley-like -- all friendly good humour -- but he had become more Mr Knightley-like, serious and authoritative but not haughty.
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