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|Why the letter? Another reason---
Written by BarbaraB
(5/4/2010 10:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "Be not alarmed, Madam", penned by nan duval
I like the reasons you list for Darcy writing his defense in a letter instead of presenting it orally. One of the best reasons you give is that it allows him to have his say without interruption. If Darcy had done it in person, there would have been the possibility of too many variables which could have gotten in the way of getting what he needed to get across to Lizzy. I can see it having broken down into a face to face confrontation that wouldn't have solved much. Also it was the least painful and embarrassing way.
Another reason is that Lizzy was not disposed to see much of what he had to say in a positive light on first 'hearing' it. She was just as angry after getting this information as before and puts the letter away. But she is immediately able to take it out and reread it. Slowly, rereading it over and over, she is able to rethink things and come to some important realizations. It becomes a pivotal point in the plot. I don't think this could have happened without the letter. Great post---loved your summary. :)
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