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|The Art Nature Antithesis, Part 2
Written by BarbaraB
(5/17/2010 7:27 p.m.)
In part 1 I showed how Lizzy represents nature and the way Mary is sometimes used to sharpen this image. In the same way that Mary is used to make this contrast of Lizzy, Bingley sometimes functions as a contrast to Darcy's representation as art:
*"The two men's styles of letter writing are contrasted…" At Netherfield, during a discussion prompted when Darcy is writing to Georgiana, at one point Bingley comments on Darcy's writing,
"…he studies too much for words of four syllables. Do not you, Darcy?"
"My style of writing is very different from yours."
"Oh!" cried Miss Bingley, "Charles writes in the most careless way imaginable. He leaves out half his words, and blots the rest."
"My ideas flow so rapidly that I have not time to express them -- by which means my letters sometimes convey no ideas at all to my correspondents."
"Darcy's epistolary style exemplifies "art" in the aesthetic extension of the art-nature antithesis. He writes slowly, at length and with care for all details of his performance from vocabulary to calligraphy. Bingley, on the other hand, writes "naturally," spilling out his thoughts and emotions without regard to the rules of composition or penmanship."
*This same conversation leads Darcy to observe, the "…power of doing anything with quickness is always prized by the possessor...." and he harkens back to Bingley's earlier statement to Mrs. Bennet that if he "ever resolved on quitting Netherfield [he should] be gone in five minutes." Darcy considers that this would be of no advantage to anyone if Bingley acted in this way and he doesn't approve of the fact that it would leave necessary work undone. Moreover, Darcy says a friend could just as easily persuade him to stay "till next week". Elizabeth joins in on Bingley's side:
"To yield readily -- easily -- to the persuasion of a friend is no merit with you."
"To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of either."
"You appear to me, Mr. Darcy, to allow nothing for the influence of friendship and affection…" (Darcy is reason to Bingley and Lizzy's feeling.)
*When Lizzy arrives at Netherfield with her hem and shoes muddy, the Lady Bingleys go on the attack because of her appearance. Bingley feels that it shows, " an affection for her sister that is very pleasing." When Miss Bingley then asks Darcy if he would wish to see Georgiana "make such an exhibition," he replies, "certainly not."
Sorry, but I thought it was necessary to present examples of how Darcy is shown to be art before I did Lizzy and Darcy together. :)
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