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|I still have a quibble with Darcy and "art."
Written by Connie
(5/20/2010 3:02 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Art and Nature of Lizzy and Darcy (Long), penned by BarbaraB
I hate to diagree with such an intelligent analysis, but I still can't agree that Darcy always errs more on the side of art than Lizzy. As you quoted above ...his mind might have been softened, his manners improved. What are manners, if not a kind of art? We certainly are not born with them--I'm the mother of 3 young boys (a.k.a. barbarians), so I know this well! Manners differ by time and place.
Darcy's rudeness at the Meryton assembly says to me that he needs to learn to moderate his behavior according to the standards of his society, to behave in a more gentlemanlike manner. But perhaps you will say he is too tied up with social status (also artificial) to behave well to those below him.
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