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|[Col. F] entered into conversation  with the readiness and ease
Written by Stephanie
(5/2/2010 6:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, But, Stephanie, ..., penned by gianni
Elizabeth has long had Darcy's acquaintance, and once (that I recall) started a conversation with him (Ch. 6: "Did not you think, Mr. Darcy, that I expressed myself uncommonly well just now..."). She need not cease to be a lady by smiling when a gentlemen enters a room, or beginning a topic with him, or by conversing with 'spirit and flow' - all of which I can imagine she DOES do with Colonel Fitzwilliam.
I think I can see your take on this episode in individual pieces, but when you put them together, you seem to be saying (please, correct me if I mistake you) that sometimes he thinks she is interested-but-demure, and sometimes that she will have to accept him, despite having no current affection for him.
I hope Darcy is not exploiting a societal trap - I hope he sincerely believes (in pride and arrogance, 'tis true!) that Elizabeth LIKES him. Then all of his attitudes come from blindness to her nuances in pursuit of his main goal.
I like to imagine that Darcy's plan of blurting the whole thing out that day received some fuel from a jealousy of Col. Fitzwilliam's intentions. Darcy might have convinced himself that he had no intentions beyond admiring Elizabeth's mind and manners, except that he could not bear to think of her accepting someone else!
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