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|Elizabeth vs. Caroline's behaviour at Netherfield
Written by Line
(4/16/2010 10:49 a.m.)
- When Darcy describes his accomplished woman, Elizabeth neither agrees with him, as Caroline does, nor eventually take the opposite tack, as both Bingley sisters do, by defending women in general. No, she goes off in a different direction and implies that Darcy is simply too picky (thereby also showing that she is not bowled over by his subltle compliment about her reading)!
- Instead of agreeing with Darcy that country people are boring, and then his rather time-worn idea that "poetry is the food of love", Elizabeth disagrees with him both times in an interesting way.
- While the others are all busy criticizing Bingley, Elizabeth stands up for him, and then actually argues with Darcy about personal qualities.
- Then, when Bingley asks Elizabeth and Darcy to stop arguing, she readily agrees, tells Darcy he'd better get back to his letter, and then *leaves him to it*!
- The next day, Elizabeth easily leaves the others behind when there is no room for her.
- Elizabeth tells Caroline to tease Darcy, who takes this opportunity to praise Darcy again. Elizabeth then argues with Darcy about what constitutes a fault.
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