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|Darcy, the Conversationalist -- Week 5 (Long)
Written by gianni
(5/10/2010 12:18 a.m.)
Chapter 43 -- Pemberley
Mrs. Reynolds says
After exhausting his ability to speak, he flees the field again in silence and confusion.
Never in her life had she seen his manners so little dignified, never had he spoken with such gentleness as on this unexpected meeting.
He returns to them, having "lost none of his recent civility".
he asked her if she would do him the honour of introducing him to her friends.
He enters into conversation with Mr. Gardiner.
The conversation soon turned upon fishing; and she heard Mr. Darcy invite him, with the greatest civility, to fish there as often as he chose while he continued in the neighbourhood, offering at the same time to supply him with fishing tackle, and pointing out those parts of the stream where there was usually most sport.
After the men walk together separately from the women for a while, Lizzy finds herself walking next to Darcy.
After a short silence, the lady first spoke.
Darcy replies, ending with the revelation that the Bingleys will arrive the next day.
"There is also one other person in the party," he continued after a pause, "who more particularly wishes to be known to you. Will you allow me, or do I ask too much, to introduce my sister to your acquaintance during your stay at Lambton?"
They now walked on in silence, each of them deep in thought.
He invites her into the house; she refuses. Long silence. The Gardiners arrive: he invites them all in; they refuse.
He hands the ladies into the carriage; they leave.
Lizzy and the Gardiners discuss the events of the day, evaluate their experience with Darcy.
Chapter 44 -- An Introduction
Darcy introduces Georgiana; Lizzy and Georgiana are both flustered. Georgiana is quickly seen to be shy rather than proud. Darcy announces the imminent arrival of Bingley; he arrives, his usual confident, well-spoken self.
The Gardiners see clearly Darcy overflowing with admiration.
Sorry, I just have to put in the wonderful sentence, "Bingley was ready, Georgiana was eager, and Darcy determined, to be pleased," with regard to Lizzy's doubt about giving a favorable impression. I'm not sure how I can justify it in my focus, but how can one just pass by such a line! --well, I guess it does say something about Darcy's attitude and behavior?
Darcy continues the favorable impression from the meeting at Pemberley: in all that he said she heard an accent so removed from hauteur or disdain of his companions, as convinced her that the improvement of manners which she had yesterday witnessed however temporary its existence might prove, had at least outlived one day. ... Never, even in the company of his dear friends at Netherfield, or his dignified relations at Rosings, had she seen him so desirous to please, so free from self-consequence or unbending reserve, as now, when no importance could result from the success of his endeavours, and when even the acquaintance of those to whom his attentions were addressed would draw down the ridicule and censure of the ladies both of Netherfield and Rosings.
Darcy gets Georgiana to invite the travelers to Pemberley two days later.
The Gardiners decide that as far as their acquaintance reached, there was no fault to find. ... they soon became sensible that the authority of a servant who had known him since he was four years old, and whose own manners indicated respectability, was not to be hastily rejected.
The townspeople of Lambton have nothing to accuse him of but pride. It was acknowledged, however, that he was a liberal man, and did much good among the poor.
Darcy and Mr. Gardiner arrange to meet at Pemberley the next day before noon.
Chapter 45 -- Visit to Pemberley
Miss Darcy, on her brother's entrance, exerted herself much more to talk, and Darcy encourages both Lizzy and Georgiana to converse.
Lizzy impresses Darcy favorably with her calm response to Caroline's attack (the reference to the militia leaving Meryton).
When Darcy accompanies Lizzy and Mrs. Gardiner out of the house, We learn that Darcy has spoken of Lizzy in such terms that, when the Bingley sisters criticize her, Georgiana [was] without the power of finding her otherwise than lovely and amiable.
Darcy returns; rebuffs calmly Caroline's criticisms of Lizzy until she exasperates him with his own words (She a beauty!—I should as soon call her mother a wit.), ending the exchange with "Yes, ... but that was only when I first saw her, for it is many months since I have considered her as one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance."
Chapter 46 -- Revelation
Chapter 47, 48, 49, 50 -- not present
Chapter 51 -- A Wedding
Chapter 52 -- not present
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