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|a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in any thing
Written by Stephanie
(4/13/2010 10:56 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Re-examining Darcy's change of interest in Elizabeth, penned by Karen G
If I had to guess? I would say that Darcy, in a new social circle (and getting the better of whatever fit of pique caused him to be so anti-social at the Meryton Ball!), starting examining his neighbors to see who was the most interesting. Elizabeth stood out from the crowd.
Not the way her older sister did, by being the room's greatest beauty. Not by the way Mary did, by stealing into the spotlight at every opportunity. Not the way her younger sisters did, by displaying wild behavior. No, Elizabeth was an intelligent, outgoing, attractive young woman, whose company was enjoyed by the majority of the company.
Darcy seems to like quick wits, and clever turns of phrase. He is probably unused to someone who does not turn that wit to hurt others, too! Once some of her conversation caused him to focus on her, he rationalized his attraction in physical terms out of habit (the expression of her eye, her light, pleasing figure, her playful manners...), but the truth is, he was attracted to HER. This seems to have come to a surprise to him! I wonder if the 'fashionable world' spends so much time keeping one from showing one's self to others that Darcy has never seen simple enjoyment of being social shine so obviously?
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