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|Elizabeth received them with all the forbearance of civility
Written by Stephanie
(5/20/2010 11:31 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes, I agree that they are similiar with the difference, penned by AnnetteJ
Elizabeth certainly partakes of her father's quick wit and her mother's love of society, but she has (as does Jane) a trait that neither parent shares: she knows what to say in what company. She blushes for her parents because Mr. Bennet PREFERS to incite outrageous reactions, and her mother does not know how far her manners are from right, so what she says becomes overdone, and risible.
Elizabeth understands (as does Darcy), that it would be inappropriate to correct Lady Catherine in her own home, despite her obvious awareness that Lady CatdB is being intrusive, inconsiderate and dictatorial. She does not even roll her eyes, or suppress a smile - I admire her control! She does not spread Wickham's initial tale, despite it making EXCELLENT gossip that is in line with her own prejudices. She tries to curb poor Mary's desire to perform past her abilities, and her mother's inane, insulting speeches, and Lydia and Kitty's sophomoric, attention-getting behaviors, without further embarrassing her family.
In short, her social skills are equal to her sharp humour, in that she knows when to keep jokes to herself. She never tries to make others uncomfortable - can you imagine Mr. Bennet's first meetings with Georgianna? He would be as likely as not to put her under a spotlight, mortifying her for the amusement of seeing her embarrassment! Elizabeth knows what Darcy does not at first: that manners are foremost the method for making people at ease in different social settings, and those who use it to cause competition and stress are acting wrongly.
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