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|Ch.3&4: Wordless information-gathering
Written by Line
(4/8/2013 9:09 p.m.)
As I said in my original post, I'm going to try to keep to my original focus on information-gathering without words in P&P, even though there is a *lot* of evidence!
Ch.3: The other attendees at the Meryton Assembly take a dislike to Darcy because they feel he doesn't like *them* and feels their company (and their assembly) is beneath him. It becomes evident from his conversation with Bingley in ch.3 and the Omniscient Narrator's evidence at the end of ch.4 that this is precisely how he feels, but how do they deduce this? They contrast Darcy's behaviour with Bingley's:
Mr. Darcy danced only once with Mrs. Hurst and once with Miss Bingley, declined being introduced to any other lady, and spent the rest of the evening in walking about the room, speaking occasionally to one of his own party.
Now, you might say that this is Body Language 101, something that could easily happen today, but I wanted to bring it up as my first example of people coming to the right conclusion through wordless information-gathering (at least wordless to begin with).
In ch.4, we are told that Elizabeth has decided that Bingley's sisters share Darcy's attitude, which is confirmed at the end of the chapter by the Omniscient Narrator. Score 1 for Elizabeth Bennet's powers of observation (and deduction)!
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