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|"It is wonderful," replied Wickham
Written by Stephanie
(5/22/2010 10:25 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Interesting Use of Word "Accents", penned by Lenora
In Ch. 16, Wickham uses the word 'wonderful' to mean 'capable of causing wonder,' not as 'superior' or 'extra good,' the way we use it today.
And in Ch. 18, Darcy asks if Elizabeth talks 'by rule' when dancing: he means 'according to a set of rules' according to David Shapard's annotated version, not 'as a rule,' which was how I originally read it.
I also find myself accidentally rewriting in my head to make things sound contemporary: I will skim over 'keeps her room' in Ch. 46 and not realize it is not 'keeps TO her room' until after quite a few readings. The punctuation helps accent the tone, too, for me. The slight changes in speech patterns help me immerse myself in Regency England, maybe. In any case, I find I enjoy them.
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