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|Not what he seems
Written by Kathryn Ann
(4/15/2010 10:04 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, And Mr Darcy's discernment, penned by Kathleen L
jeffrey started this thread with the idea of testimonial -- but the question is: do you trust the person reporting the information to be accurate? We have seen how gossip works. We have seen characters in action. How do we form our impressions of others?
As Kathleen L points out, Darcy acknowledges that his original judgment of Elizabeth may have been flawed, so he is revising his first impression based on his own observations. Through chapter 12, Elizabeth has the same opportunities to observe Darcy, as well as to hear what others have to say about him, and yet she does not seem inclined to think any differently of him than she did at the end of the Assembly. (Not a value judgment, just a statement!) Elizabeth's sister Jane seems to be more open to seeing a more complete picture of Darcy - despite what might have been her sisterly outrage at his treatment of Elizabeth at the Assembly, Jane defends Darcy (ch 5).
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