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|Two truces: Lizzy/Darcy and Darcy/Collins (medium length)
Written by Tom P2
(5/6/2010 1:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Lizzy at Hunsford – Quiet before the Storm (long), penned by Robbin
I agree about the extent of Lizzy's Darcy-baiting. She does seem to be doing less of it than in Hertfordshire. Perhaps the reduction came even earlier? When they danced together at the Netherfield ball, she first tried silence -- with the outward appearance of non-hostility -- before suddenly fancying that it would be the greater punishment to her partner to oblige him to talk --ch18. That shows a less chirpy state of mind than, say, the time she breezed off from Mr Darcy and the Binglettes in the garden ("... The picturesque would be spoilt by admitting a fourth. Good-bye." --ch10). In that case, the probable reason for the change is Mr Wickham's story and her reaction to it: "I had not thought Mr. Darcy so bad as this -- ..." --ch16. Also, a fair share of her chirpiness in Kent is directed at a worthier object: the colonel.
Another truce we see in Kent is between Mr Darcy, whose good opinion once lost is lost forever, and Mr Collins, who made a right oik of himself at the Netherfield ball and earned an eyeing with unrestrained wonder --ch18. After that first impression, I'd expect Mr Darcy to be quite antsy in Mr Collins's company in Kent, and not to pay him the compliment of calling at the parsonage so soon, or at all. Yet, there's no mention of aversion at all. Charlotte finds it noteworthy, though without reference to her husband's impertinence: "I may thank you, Eliza, for this piece of civility. Mr. Darcy would never have come so soon to wait upon me." --ch30.
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