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|Good breeding (up to a point), orneriness, and exaggeration
Written by Tom P2
(4/18/2010 10:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why did Darcy jump into this conversation?, penned by Kathryn Ann
The path just admitted three. Mr. Darcy felt their rudeness and immediately said, --
As for the original question of why he waded into the accomplishments debate, it's possible that he's provoked by the glib self-satisfaction he's hearing. He's less direct than he was in ch6 ("Every savage can dance") and Edmund Bertram is in Mansfield Park ch13 ("If we do not outdo Ecclesford, we do nothing"), but I do like the idea that in the heat of the moment he's sneering behind his hand and trying to send up the whole notion of showy accomplishments. Perhaps it's only later that he realises that a compliment to Elizabeth slipped out. That'd feed into his "Danger? What danger?" moment in ch10.
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