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|I suspect it was the personal remark
Written by kathleen (elder)
(4/8/2013 10:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The importance of Darcy's insult, penned by Adeleid
Darcy didn't know Elizabeth, so he couldn't have commented on her wit or personality. His comment about her looks (and the fact that she was at that time without a partner) was personal. Had Darcy confined himself to saying he didn't want to dance because he was not "particularly acquainted" with any of the ladies in the room, then it would have just been part of his general behaviour.
It was the fact that Darcy made the comment personal to Elizabeth -- her looks did not tempt him to dance, and she had been "slighted by other men." Even though Elizabeth wasn't vain about her looks, she was (at least slightly) offended by such a personal jab.
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