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|Decpetion in Ch. 37-42 (long)
Written by Connie
(5/6/2010 12:50 p.m.)
Ch. 38. Mr. Collins shows false modesty about Hunsford in his adieux to Lizzy. Lizzy in reply tried to unite civility and truth in a few short sentences. Too bad Darcy has never tried such a thing! Lizzy knows she will have to conceal much of what happened to her there.
Ch. 39. Lydia's scheme of dressing up Chamberlayne can be seen as a continuance of the deception theme.
Ch. 40. Jane would willingly have gone through the whole world without believing that so much wickedness existed in the whole race of mankind as she was now being forced to believe of Wickham. Most earnestly did she labour to prove the probability of error. But eventually she must admit the truth. Poor Jane! This is the second time she has been proven wrong about someone's character, Miss Bingley's being the first.
Lizzy again voices an opinion not really her own, in archly claiming that Jane's regret and compassion for Mr. Darcy have completely wiped out hers.
The sisters decide against exposing Wickham, fearing no one would believe them, and not being able to provide the planned elopement with Georgianna as evidence. They are being much more generous towards Wickham than he was towards Darcy.
Lizzy had to keep secret the part Darcy played in Bingley's romance. Poor Jane was not over him yet, having never even fancied herself in love before.
Ch. 41. Lizzy secretly advises her father not to let Lydia go to Brighton. She seems to be lying when she tells him she speaks not of particular, but of general ills being done by Lydia's behavior. Wasn't she thinking of Bingley? Of course, she probably feels she cannot admit this without having to explain why she thinks Lydia's behavior was involved in chasing Bingley away.
Later, Wickham tries to act like his normal charming self when Lizzy hints that she is more sympathetic to Darcy. He says Darcy's fear of Lady Catherine may make Darcy appear to do right. The rest of the evening passed with the appearance, on his side, of usual cheerfulness. But Lizzy is not so susceptible to mere appearances as she was in the past.
Ch. 42. We learn that Mr. Bennet was captivated by youth and beauty and that appearance of good humor attending them to marry his wife. Since her weak understanding and illiberal mind had very early in their marriage put an end to all real affection for her, he must have had real affection in the beginning.
I can't help but compare and contrast him with Charlotte here, though I may do so at peril. These seem to be the 2 most controversial characters in the book! Mr. Bennet was truly ignorant of his wife's faults at the beginning, which should have given him, according to Charlotte, as good of a chance at happiness as anyone. Charlotte herself, of course, was not truly ignorant of Mr. Collins's faults when she married him. Unlike Mr. Bennet, she went into marriage with no affection for her future spouse. But Mr. Bennet had [a]ll his views of doemstic happiness...overthrown, since he had expected to find them in his wife. Charlotte, having no such expectations, did not suffer a like reverse--yet. How they acted after their marriages will have to wait for another post, since it is outside the scope of my theme here.
Lizzy had never been blind to the impropriety of her father's behavior as a husband. She had always seen it with pain...she endeavored to forget what she could not overlook. These evils seem worse than ever now, knowing as she does that Jane's happiness may have been ruined because of his behavior as a father and husband. She still repects her father's talents and is grateful for his affection for her, but she sees all the evil of his faults.
Finally, in Derbyshire, Lizzy was obliged to assume a disinclination for seeing Pemberley when her aunt mentioned it. Even the next day, after learning from a servant that the Darcy's were not at home, she has a proper air of indifference on acquiescing to the scheme.
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