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|Not excusing him
Written by Elbč
(4/12/2010 4:53 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Behavior, penned by BarbaraB
I'm not suggesting Darcy does not know the rules of civility, but that in the society he was moving in generally only act civil, but they rarely (or so I imagine) act out of true feeling or consideration for another - not that everyone at the Meryton ball neccesary do, but take for example Mr Knightley who saved Harriet from the embarassment of being partnerless: his motives were purely neighbourly, and not simply because the rules of society dictated it as the proper thing to do.
I am referring to the 'mask' of politeness the gentry were taught to wear, and what Darcy must have been accustomed to. Acting out of such a background, he thinks nothing of breaking such a 'rule' as it is not a matter of pride for him to make civility part of his being - his instinctive reaction to his fellow man.
Oh, how I wish I had JA's talent for expressing exactly what I mean.
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