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Written by Chandra S
(4/9/2013 1:52 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, innate deficiencies of Darcy, penned by mikeB in Japan
in your second example - Jane left us with the whole range of possibility wide open, trusting to us (on the first read, at least) to do exactly as she wished and dislike Darcy based on these comments, and those at the assembly.
But we have no idea how such a conversation might have come to be. To my mind it is different if, for example, the conversation went (similar to P&P2):
Caroline: "And what did you think, Mr. Darcy? Did you meet anyone there who you will visit, or cultivate acquaintance with?"
Mr. Darcy: "I did not. I saw nothing of beauty or fashion, none of them interest me in the slightest."
Caroline: "And the beautiful ladies of Hertfordshire? Lovely Miss Bennet? Her pretty sister Miss Elizabeth Bennet? Would you not like to know them better?"
Mr. Darcy: Miss Bennet is pretty, however she smiles a great deal. I did not see anything particularly attractive in Miss Elizabeth Bennet's face."
This is as opposed to if he more or less volunteered his opinion, which to me somehow seems worse - not sure why. Meaner and pettier, maybe?
Someone: "And what was your opinion of the assembly, Mr. Darcy?
Mr. Darcy: "I saw people without beauty or fashion, nothing to interest me. And as to the young ladies - Miss Bennet is rather pretty, if she only did not smile so much, but her sister has not a single nice feature in her whole face!"
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