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|"Danger, Will Darcy! Danger!"
Written by CarolTS
(4/18/2010 12:27 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The word "DANGER" (can you help explain?), penned by jeffrey
In the first use of "danger" - it's Darcy that's in danger. He's in danger of feeling more than he ought for an impoverished gentleman's daughter with no good connections or fortune. He knows (in his head) that he should not be furthering this attraction by paying attention to her, but he can't seem to help himself.
The second "danger", imo, is directed at Lizzy. There is a real danger that he will pay her enough attention where she will be able to claim that he has lead her on and create a situation where he'll be duty-bound to offer for her hand. He avoids this (in his head only) very real danger by making sure he barely talks to her the last day she stays at Netherfield.
I'm not sure I agree with your claim that "Mr. Darcy is hopelessly in love with Elizabeth". I don't think he sees it that way at all. He knows he's attracted to her, but he is working valiently on stopping this pesky emotion just about there! Helplessly in love, to me, means that the person involved has basically decided to just go with it.
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