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|Lydia, with perfect indifference, continued to express
Written by Stephanie
(5/5/2010 9:57 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, If only Mr. Bennet knew..., penned by Anne-Marie
In Elizabeth's case, she WANTS Darcy 'scared off.' She is actually rejoicing in his having feelings which will drive off his former regard. She is sorry to have occasioned him any pain,, but she never wants to see him again, and wants every part of the crisis as far behind her as she can put it. She refused him even before reading of his distaste for her relations' embarrassing antics.
It is Jane's heartache that Lydia, and Kitty, and Mrs. Bennett, have so far engendered. Mr. Bingley would not even have minded 'to be connected with a little absurdity,' but his friends used that as a lever to work on his actual reason for withdrawal - his innate modesty.
Mr. Bennett needs no listing of Lydia's foolishness. What he has witnessed is enough for him to know Elizabeth is right about her behavior being so far from right.
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