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|a bow of superior courtesy to compliment him
Written by Stephanie
(4/22/2010 10:02 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy at the Netherfield Ball, penned by Robbin
I do think you are wrong in assuming Darcy was SURPRISED at Elizabeth's sympathy. I am sure that people (women?) normally react sympathetically to Wickham and that Darcy was aware of it. I doubt he was surprised that Elizabeth was taken with Mr. Wickham's 'happy manners.' He has probably been witness to reactions to them much more often than he wished to be. His own father, by Wickham's account, loved Wickham as a son, to Darcy's dismay.
Also, Elizabeth stopped short of accusing Darcy of doing any wrong to Wickham. She merely alludes.
I appreciate the delineation of all you saw in Darcy that night - thank you for posting it!
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