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Written by Cheryl
(4/11/2010 10:51 p.m.)
I confessed last week that it has been a few years since I've read all of P&P, and even though I have the whole Dissing Lizzy speech memorized, I was surprised to find just how shocked I was at reading it again. It is really quite a horrid little speech and made knowing full well that she was likely to overhear it.
"… there is not another woman in the room whom it would not be a punishment to me to stand up with." … he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said, "She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men." (Ch. 3)
Over the years, I've heard all the excuses the Darcy Apologists make - he was shy, he was annoyed to be there, he was being ironic, yada, yada. I don't buy it. It was a beastly thing to say and there is no excuse for it.
Now, despise me if you dare. ;-)
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