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|Two strikes against him, actually
Written by Line
(4/29/2010 9:13 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A Comparison to the Netherfield Ball, penned by Adrian
"Elizabeth, as if intending to *exasperate herself as much as possible against Mr. Darcy*, chose for her employment the examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her since her being in Kent. They contained no actual complaint, nor was there any revival of past occurrences, or any communication of present suffering. But in all, and in almost every line of each, there was a want of that cheerfulness which had been used to characterize her style, and which, proceeding from the serenity of a mind at ease with itself and kindly disposed towards every one, had been scarcely ever clouded. Elizabeth noticed every sentence conveying the idea of uneasiness, with an attention which it had hardly received on the first perusal. Mr. Darcy's shameful boast of what misery he had been able to inflict gave her a keener sense of her sister's sufferings. *It was some consolation to think that his visit to Rosings was to end on the day after the next*, and a still greater, that in less than a fortnight she should herself be with Jane again, and enabled to contribute to the recovery of her spirits by all that affection could do."
So, Elizabeth hasn't just been thinking of Darcy's dire influence on Bingley and Jane, she's actually just refreshed her memory about the effects of his behaviour! I was also just struck by the fact that right up until his proposal, she is *consoled* at the thought that he will be leaving in two days! Definitely not a propitious time for a proposal!
On another subject, I was also struck by the description of Jane: (the loss of) "a cheerfulness...which, proceeding from the serenity of a mind at ease with itself and kindly disposed towards every one, had been scarcely ever clouded". How could anyone hurt a person like that? :-(
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