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|Alarmed due to Delicacy of Ladies' Health
Written by Lenora
(5/4/2010 12:32 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Impulse and ego, penned by Frances G
Although Mr. Darcy didn't indicate this fear over Jane's health at Netherfield, what if he feared that Elizabeth would fall ill and die? Since ladies were considered delicate and health care was what is was in those days, my vote is that he rushed over as soon as he could take his leave from Rosings to check on Elizabeth.
Then once he arrived and saw she was not in danger, he realized that he had to put an end to his agony and make his unrehearsed declaration.
"In an hurried manner he immediately began an enquiry after her health, imputing his visit to a wish of hearing that she were better. She answered him with cold civility. He sat down for a few moments, and then getting up, walked about the room. Elizabeth was surprised, but said not a word. After a silence of several minutes, he came towards her in an agitated manner, and thus began --
"In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
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