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|No, I don't think I'm biased.
Written by Connie
(4/14/2010 10:21 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy's honesty, penned by Kathi
I did mention some negatives: his criticism of Bingley's false humility and his agreement with criticisms of the Bennet family. I have mentioned in another post how he appears to slam the Bingleys' background in comparison with his own. Yes, he can be brutally honest, and that's not always a good thing.
Darcy does not pretend to himself that the Bennets' behavior has no influence on his actions. But this is different than their influencing, as you said, "Darcy's opinion of her." He will not listen to Caroline's criticisms of Elizabeth's attractiveness. His opinion of her person and character is high. He just doesn't want to get involved with her because of her status and connections.
I disagree that he takes pride in the resentfulness of his temper. He did not volunteer this information. He was not parading it. He was replying to Lizzy's persistent skepticism about his glorious character. He admits, "I have faults enough..."
As to his pride, well, I think we can all agree that his pride does go too far, although if Caroline is an example of the kind of woman he is used to relating to, I'm not sure the fault or the deception is totally his own. Charlotte Lucas also thought his pride was justified, didn't she? But the fact remains that he does not see his pride as a fault, while it certainly is. So, even if he is not in the habit of deceiving others, I agree that he is blind in this area.
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