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|Darcy's sudden acquisition of skills
Written by Kathi
(5/15/2010 3:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Since I can't say it any better, ..., penned by gianni
However, as a general comment, I think it is difficult to draw general conclusions about Darcy's communication/conversational abilities based on what is probably the most atypical period of his life.
Also, just a couple of examples from your latest post on Darcy as a conversationalist -- "He speaks kindly to Lizzy, addresses the tradesman Gardiner and his wife with respect, offers them all his home for a bit of rest and refreshment, offers Mr. Gardiner the use of his lake, stream, and fishing gear" (which leads the Gardiners to describe him as "more than civil" and "really attentive" -- not a likely description for a man who "who can't speak easily, who are unable to understand immediately others' conversation, who are lost when the company flows around them and demands immediate participation" [emphasis in the original]); and "He is shown clearly as quite able to convince Mr. Gardiner that he must have his own way; clearly he must have talked a great deal. Businesslike, direct, adamant," again, not a description of a man who doesn't have the ability to understand and engagem with others.
Where did those skills come from, if Darcy didn't have them all along but, in some cases, either did not bother to use them or was so tied up with his conflicts over his attraction to a woman he considered inferior?
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