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Written by Stephanie
(4/27/2010 4:09 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Lizzy at the Netherfield Ball, penned by Robbin
First: Elizabeth starts with an opinion prior to the Netherfield Ball that:
"[...] If [Wickham's tale] be not so, let Mr. Darcy contradict it."
However, she does not actually believe any of the contradictions she hears, although she rightly attributes them to Darcy's creation. Does this strike anyone else, or is it merely another implication of Elizabeth's "prejudice"?
Second, do you remember how Jane was disturbed by Wickham's tale of woe? Many of her comments were how Darcy actions would affect BINGLEY. She was still Jane, in wanting to believe no ill of anyone, but she ends one defense of Darcy with:
"Can his most intimate friends be so excessively deceived in him? -- oh! no."
and finishes up the subject certain of one distressing point above all:
[...] that Mr. Bingley, if he had been imposed on, would have much to suffer when the affair became public.
Jane is one smitten kitten; her opinions are starting to revolve around Bingley. But Elizabeth is NOT at that stage with Wickham.
She is initially infuriated with Wickham's absence (for which she blames Darcy, and somewhat, Bingley), but after speaking to Charlotte about it, can conquer her displeasure reasonably easily. After becoming re-angered when speaking with Darcy, she sees her sister's happiness, and all thought of a pleasing, recent acquaintance's troubles drop from her. When her family makes themselves ridiculous, she does not spare a thought for the relief that Wickham missed the show.
Jane's felicity, Mr. Collins' irritations, Charlotte's friendship, Darcy's not approaching her again - none of these are cast in the light of how Wickham would view them, what would be different if he were here, how much she would rather be with him. Elizabeth's heart is still whole as regards Wickham, even after his attractions, history, and preference for her have been made obvious.
Had Elizabeth known him longer (without hearing any further contradictions of his own history), would she be as emotionally committed as Jane? Or would his absence of depth begin to make itself felt to her, once his initial attractions had become less of a novelty?
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