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|Darcy's progress, week 6
Written by gianni
(5/19/2010 1:21 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy, the Conversationalist -- Week 6, penned by gianni
Darcy has gone from (as far as we see) inarticulately proud, even arrogant; ignoring, even not above insulting the people around him, mostly silent, solemn.
He progresses (through his budding interest in Lizzy) to listening to her conversation, to attempting to speak to her, giving up easily when she rebuffs him, but never apparently understanding why he's being rebuffed.
We hear (second-hand) that he can talk easily enough to friends (I deliberately discount Wickham's sneer); we hear him criticized for not being willing to talk openly; we hear his reply that he's unable to do it easily. I repeat that I believe him; the pair who so easily criticize him are themselves easy and confident talkers.
I have commented in my previous Progress reports and in other threads, and have at times been criticized for ignoring:
I repeat here my replies that
We're pretty sure he talks to others during the evening, but we're given no indication how easily or confidently.
Dary disappears again until Lady Catherine attacks Lizzy (ch. 56), then, upon getting no satisfaction from her, him. He hastens to Longbourn, where Lizzy is burdened with the task of entertaining Darcy so Bingley and Jane can be alone. Upon Lizzy's revelation that she knows how Lydia's affair was cleaned up, he again proposes -- sort of -- and she accepts -- sort of. :-)
Now confident of her love, he begins to open up, confessing his conviction that she had been right; that her outburst had first angered him, then caused him to think about it, then accept the truth of her reproofs, then address them.
The rest of the story shows Darcy just as inarticulate as ever, but no longer offensive. Maybe he's even practicing, as Lizzy and Col. Fitzwilliam advised. Maybe he has been practicing ever since Rosings. I like to think so, even though it hasn't yet made much difference in his general "conversability".
But he's definitely not following his former path of arrogant despite of anyone not of his circle, or at least not of his social and economic level. Assuming he ever despised lower social levels in general, which I doubt.
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