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|Deception in remaining chapters through 12 (long)
Written by Connie
(4/14/2010 11:04 a.m.)
1. Caroline. In Ch. 8, both Bingley's sisters "repeated three or four times how much they were grieved [over Jane's illness]... and then thought no more of the matter." Their concern seems feined. Caroline later says she knows many women who are accomplished according to Darcy's ideal, but Elizabeth doesn't believe it. In Ch. 12, Caroline insists Darcy is "a man without fault". All this is to catch him.
2. Mrs. Bennet exaggerates again in Ch. 9, this time making Jane's illness seem worse than it was, so that she could not possibly leave Netherfield. She also exaggerates her "preference" for Jane among all her daughters. I doubt she has ever told Lydia she is "nothing" compared to Jane! She goes on to misunderstand Darcy's comments about society in the country vs the town. Although the original misunderstanding appears genuine, as earlier she stubbornly sticks to her view even when Lizzy tries to explain what Darcy really meant.
3. Bingley is commended by Lizzy, despite--or perhaps because of--his simplicity (Ch. 9). According to her, he is genuine. In Ch. 10, Darcy upbraids Bingley for his false humility--so maybe Bingley is not completely honest after all. Bingley's disparagement of his own letter writing does indeed seem an "indirect boast," as Darcy says. Lizzy defends Bingley's quickness and easily persuadable nature against Darcy, but I don't think she is being honest here. I think her prejudice towards Bingley and against Darcy colors her argument.
5. Darcy seems to be genuine most--if not all--of the time. He is not afraid to compliment Lizzy's looks, nor will he disparage them after her solitary walk to Netherfield. Likewise, he acknowledges her family's shortcomings, without letting them influence his opinion of her. He is not afraid to admit his chief fault. Nor is he afraid to criticize his friend Bingley. All this makes his charcter stand out from many of the others in the book so far.
6. Darcy says Lizzy's fault is to "wilfully misunderstand" others (Ch. 11). Does she wilfully misunderstand him? If so, is she unknowingly following Charlotte's earlier advice about being oblivious to the faults of a possible marriage partner? On the contrary, her wilfull misunderstaning seems to be to impute faults to Darcy that we have little evidence of so far. Does he really "hate everybody" as she says in Ch. 11? It seems to me she is acting along the lines of her mother in this scene, exaggerating and being prejudiced--although her arch manner keeps her from giving offence!
7. Something I missed in earlier chapters was Jane's tendency to exaggerate the good she sees in others and interpret all their actions in the best possible light. In Ch. 4 Lizzy says Jane "never see[s] a fault in anybody." Jane replies, "I always speak what I think." Jane does not wilfully misunderstand anyone. She sees them through her own lens of goodness. She is not trying to deceive herself. Nevertheless, her opinions of others, such as Bingley's sisters, are sometimes higher than they deserve. This may cause her trouble in life.
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