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Written by Connie
(4/13/2010 4:25 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy Removed His Blinders, penned by Lenora
Mr. Darcy had at first scarcely allowed her to be pretty; he had looked at her without admiration at the ball; and when they next met, he looked at her only to criticise. But no sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she had hardly a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes. To this discovery succeeded some others equally mortifying. Though he had detected with a critical eye more than one failure of perfect symmetry in her form, he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing; and in spite of his asserting that her manners were not those of the fashionable world, he was caught by their easy playfulness.
To me this means: He had barely looked at her at the ball. He looked at her critically again, found she was physically attractive, began to contemplate her "fine eyes", and in doing so noticed that her character was also attractive.
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