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Written by gianni
(4/8/2013 3:19 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, of more interest to me is your opinion, penned by mikeB in Japan
... his behavior.
Ch. 3, the first time we meet him:
Even taking into account the stark, unfavorable contrast between his behavior and that of his friend, we're led to one of two conclusions: either he's deliberately snubbing the society of the neighborhood, or he's so shy and awkward he can't function normally among strangers. That society has decided that this rich, presumably sociable gentleman is snubbing them.
I see no reason at this point to disagree with them. Chapter 4 reveals private information that seems to reinforce this conclusion: "Darcy, on the contrary, had seen a collection of people in whom there was little beauty and no fashion, for none of whom he had felt the smallest interest, and from none received either attention or pleasure."
Not until chapter 6 are we given any view into Darcy's thoughts, where his budding interest in Lizzy might mitigate our recoil from his actions; however, even there, his curt dismissal of Sir William's overture repels me, at least.
Yes, chapters 8 -- 11 might reconcile us to him, if only for his increasing interest in Lizzy, whom I'm sure we are all in love with by now; and we might even be prompted to a certain sympathy for his generally intelligent, but crushingly dull responses to Lizzy's delightful banter (he's so completely outclassed by her oral skill!), but even there, his firm rejection of any possibility of union between a rich man and a poor woman quickly spoil even that.
Is it really possible to disagree with them? There's plenty of solid evidence for their conclusion up to now, isn't there?
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