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|Then it was I who made myself unintelligible.
Written by Connie
(5/6/2010 10:15 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, She liked him too little to care for his approbation., penned by Stephanie
(Does that make me a better speaker than Catherine Morland?) In the first point, we actually agree. I neither said nor meant that Darcy was thinking of himself when he mentioned those sentiments of Lizzy's. Of course he was wanting to shield her from being harmed by Wickham. What I did say was that, in Darcy's mind (and this is conjecture, as the ON doesn't tell us), her prejudice has its root in her feelings for Wickham. This doesn't mean Darcy thinks he can--or will try to--win her over if he tells her the truth about Wickham. I was not assigning him a motive, but having him assign one to her.
Lizzy herself ends her reflections by saying, Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly. Pleased with the preference of one, and offended by the neglect of the other, on the very beginning of our acquaintance, I have courted prepossession and ignorance, and driven reason away, where either were concerned. Till this moment I never knew myself.
For me, this speech has a double significance. First, it makes it all the more reasonable that Darcy would think her in love with Wickham, since she has been so blind. Second, it confirms to me that the insult at Meryton was the real foundation of all her prejudice. She was prejudiced against Darcy before Wickham arrived on the scene. She was ready to hear the slander Wickham spoke, especially since Wickham acted towards herself in the opposite manner of Darcy, showing a preference for her company. I do not think she was thinking consciously about that slight any more by the time of the proposal. But I do think that if that slight had never happened, she would have been much less likely to have given credit to Wickham's lies.
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