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|YES, sounding out her ideas about marriage
Written by Heather Leigh
(4/29/2010 2:18 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why did Darcy bring up the Collins marriage?, penned by Adrian
I totally agree that Darcy is "sounding Lizzy out" in this scene, maybe even unconsciously (i.e. not consciously testing her or looking for specific answers). Not trying to discern her feelings about HIM, but trying to figure out her ideas about what makes a good marriage.
It's interesting how Lizzie is our protagonist, and the story is told mostly from her point of view, but there's such a focus on the importance of men's choices in marriage... Mr. Bennett as a man who chose badly, Mr. Bingley as a man in danger of choosing badly (by Bingley/Darcy standards), Mr. Gardiner and Mr. Collins as men who chose wisely, Wickham and Colonel Fitzwilliam having the taste to choose well but not the resources to act on it.
Seems Darcy wants to find out Lizzie's ideas about what makes a man's choice of wife good/wise.
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