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Written by Robbin
(4/28/2010 5:22 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Deception in Ch. 24-28 (long), penned by Connie
"Oh! you are a great deal too apt, you know, to like people in general. You never see a fault in anybody. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. I never heard you speak ill of a human being in my life."
"I would wish not to be hasty in censuring any one; but I always speak what I think."
"I know you do; and it is that which makes the wonder. With your good sense to be so honestly blind to the follies and nonsense of others! Affectation of candour is common enough; -- one meets it everywhere. But to be candid without ostentation or design -- to take the good of everybody's character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad -- belongs to you alone. And so you like this man's sisters too, do you? Their manners are not equal to his." (Ch. 3)
I can see Jane singing “Everybody’s beautiful, in their own way” (Ray Stevens). It seems the general outlook about new acquaintance was they have the correct feelings and opinions till they prove by their behavior otherwise. Both Darcy & Bingley were looked at with great appreciation at the assembly but only Bingley proved himself a gentleman in manner as well as in situation by his behavior. I think Jane takes this concept to another level as Lizzy suggests above and as she later says:
“My dear Jane!" exclaimed Elizabeth, "you are too good. Your sweetness and disinterestedness are really angelic;” (Ch. 24)
Connie, I think you are right that Jane does not wish to see the error in people. It is not that she cannot intellectually understand duplicity or malice and so forth but she is a person who is honestly made unhappy and I suspect uncomfortable at the thought of such wrong thinking and behavior and will not accept it without a great deal of actual proof. Lizzy says: You wish to think all the world respectable, and are hurt if I speak ill of anybody (Ch. 24). Jane is an eternal optimist in her view of the world, as long as there can be doubt in a situation I think she will be glad to give it.
"My dear Lizzy, do not give way to such feelings as these. They will ruin your happiness. You do not make allowance enough for difference of situation and temper. Consider Mr. Collins's respectability, and Charlotte's prudent, steady character. Remember that she is one of a large family; that as to fortune it is a most eligible match; and be ready to believe, for everybody's sake, that she may feel something like regard and esteem for our cousin." (Ch. 24)
I feel Jane (above) is worried Lizzy’s view of Charlotte’s situation will make her unhappy but also her view of people in general making her unhappy. Charlotte and Bingley’s behavior has left Lizzy dissatisfied, I think disillusioned with them. They are not what she thought they were and these feelings are being transferred to her general world view which is the exact opposite of Jane’s:
The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense. (Ch. 24)
I think Jane would be very unhappy to possess such a view herself and therefore believes Lizzy will be unhappy as well. Jane is right to a certain extent. To always be suspecting people is unpleasant. As Jane is in love with Bingley it would hurt her even more (than with others) to think ill of him and would rather blame herself as you have said but I think this is rather common between lovers. No one likes to think ill of someone they really esteem and respect. For example, I think Lizzy’s censure hurts her as much as it hurts Charlotte.
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