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|Darcy and the Crankiness Factor
Written by Lenora
(4/12/2010 1:52 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Slighting Lizzy, penned by Cheryl
Ch. 10 Mr. Bingley: [I declare I do not know a more awful object than Darcy, on particular occasions, and in particular places; at his own house especially, and of a Sunday evening, when he has nothing to do.]
Given Mr. Bingley's description of Mr. Darcy in the above quote, I would say that at the Meryton Assembly, Mr. Darcy was cranky as we were later told he is prone to be at times. He didn't intentionally mean to slight Lizzie personally, but she was a representative of all the ladies present. In that he had not been introduced to her at that point, he had no reason to offend her personally. She was the convenient recipient of his crankiness at that particular moment because he was in no general mood that evening to interact with strangers.
Remember that JA has to introduce the "Pride" and "Prejudice" behaviors early on in order to set the tone for her novel. By exaggerating the "pride" behavior as exhibited by Mr. Darcy, she can now set up the reactionary "prejudice" behavior to follow.
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