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Written by Connie
(4/16/2010 10:53 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, And your defect ..., penned by Frances G
I agree with Nina RG's interpretation below. I also noticed something else in this discussion, after the thread on it related to deception below. I am coming to think this a very significant conversation. (Thanks to Kathi, Stephanie and AnnetteJ, who made me look at it more closely)!
Lizzy has defended her laughing at others this way: I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can. But these, I suppose, are precisely what you are without.
Darcy replies by saying: I cannot forget the follies and vices of others so soon as I ought, nor their offences against myself.
I think he is implying, "We have something in common. We both spend a lot of time thinking about others' follies and faults. But, while you, with your light-hearted nature, laugh at them to everyone's delight, I, being more serious, tend to look down on those who have them, and everyone is offended."
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