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|Perhaps this was not about Caroline at all.
Written by Adrian
(4/13/2010 1:21 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy replied with great intrepidity "Miss Elizabeth Benne, penned by Stephanie
After several meetings, now at the Lucas party, not only has Darcy finally decided he would like to converse with Lizzy; he has just found out that (unlike many) she would not automatically jump at the chance to dance with him. He has finally heard her sing. In short, Lizzy has finally become a real person to Darcy, not only a real person but an interesting person.
I think Darcy is tactfully trying to tell Caroline that he will no longer be "seeking only to criticise" Lizzy. He feels he has treated her unfairly. Caroline misinterprets (overreacts), possibly intentionally, which explains both Darcy's "lady's imagination" remark and his sufferance of Caroline's exhaustive wit with perfect indifference (i.e. he does not join in).
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