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|Disparaging Lizzy's social status
Written by Kathi
(5/11/2010 10:37 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, To this discovery succeeded some others equally mortifying, penned by Stephanie
At the Assembly, Darcy not only refused to be introduced to Lizzy because she was not handsome but because he did not want to give her consequence.
When Darcy started feeling an attraction to Lizzy, it was her connections, not the impropriety of her family, that caused him to resist his feelings. (A person's connections were a big part of their status.)
And as part of his first propslal, he told her how inferior she was and what a degredation it was to marry her.
In his letter, Darcy refers to Lizzy's lack of connection as a great evil, moreso for himself than for Bingley.
Darcy may hang around with "the nouveau riche offspring of a tradesman" (though it may have been Bingley's grandfather, not his father who was in trade -- maybe that made him more acceptable), but he was not going to pollute the shades of Pemberley.
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