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|That Lizzy shoul dbe shocked at Charlotte's...
Written by Adrian
(4/20/2010 12:45 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Never really knew Charlotte, penned by Barbara
...behavior in accepting Mr. Collins does not strike me as anything out of the ordinary. Yes, Charlotte never concealed her feelings, and Lizzy never read them properly. But how often do contributors to this very web site expect Darcy or Lizzy to act not as the characters act, but as the contributor thinks they themselves would act?
It is common for us to think people we like think pretty much as we do. Is that our own pride and prejudice showing through just a little? JA seems to have captured that very nicely. For all her ability to observe and judge character, Lizzy has already misjudged Charlotte; she seems to side with Wickham, whom she likes; along with her mother, she seems to side against Darcy, whom they both dislike; and she sides with her father, whom she likes.
Even Darcy, considering the number of times he seems to be surprised at Lizzy's responses at Netherfield, seems to imagine Lizzy would think more like him than she appears to, and we know Darcy finds her bewitching.
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