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Written by Kathi
(4/14/2010 7:56 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Deception in remaining chapters through 12 (long), penned by Connie
Yes, Darcy does compliment Lizzy's looks, once he changes his mind about them, but he is equally not afraid to disparage her looks (along with her consequence) when he first sees her, within her hearing and possibly the hearing of others. Is there a downside to such genuineness?
Actually, Lizzy's family's shortcomings (at least in the sense of her status) do influence Darcy's opinion of her in that he resists his feelings because of her inferior connections and observes that she and her sisters have a reduced chance of marrying well due to those inferior connections.
It's true that Darcy is honest about his unyielding temper -- in fact, he seems to take a certain pride in it, so I'm not sure if he should get credit for "admitting" to it. He doesn't seem to feel any shame at all over what you refer to as his "chief fault."
Also, he may be being truthful when he says that his pride is under good regulation in the sense that he is saying something he really believes, but this appears to be an example of his deceiving himself, don't you think?
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