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|Reader Vs. Lizzy Chapter 6 (long)
Written by amytat
(4/9/2013 9:34 p.m.)
This is where I feel like knowing things Lizzy doesn’t gets interesting.
Lizzy is aware of what Darcy said about her at the assembly but not that he’s continuing to critique her and making his opinion clear to himself and his friends. (she had hardly a good feature in her face more than one failure of perfect symmetry in her form… her manners were not those of the fashionable world, he was caught by their easy playfulness.) She also doesn’t know that, to his own mortification, his opinion is changing ( [her face] was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes. .. he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing..he was caught by their [her manners] easy playfulness. We are also told . He began to wish to know more of her.
JA makes a point of telling us twice that Lizzy is unaware of any of this (Elizabeth was far from suspecting that she was herself becoming an object of some interest in the eyes of his friend… Of this she was perfectly unaware) So that when Lizzy notices him listening to her conversation she never suspects he would like to talk with her.
We also get a peek at Darcy’s silent indignation at such a mode of passing the evening, to the exclusion of all conversation,and a conversation between Darcy and Sir William most of which Lizzy doesn’t hear until she approaches and Sir William tries to get Darcy to dance with her. Here we get another peek at Darcy’s thoughts, “though extremely surprised, [Darcy]was not unwilling to receive [her hand]”so while Darcy would not have asked Lizzy to dance he is not quite as unwilling to Dance with her as he was at the assembly. Lizzy refuses to dance and we get another peek at Darcy’s thoughts, “Her resistance had not injured her with the gentleman, and he was thinking of her with some complacency..”
Then we get a conversation between Darcy and Miss Bingley that Lizzy doesn’t hear. “I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes … Miss Bingley immediately fixed her eyes on his face, and desired he would tell her what lady… You will have a charming mother-in-law..." and a quick peek at their thoughts. “He listened to her with perfect indifference…as his composure convinced her that all was safe, her wit flowed long”
So we can see that Darcy is becoming more interested in Lizzy but not enough that it bothers him for Miss Bingley to tease him about her or make disparaging remarks about her mother. It also begins to seem to me that Miss Bingley has her own interest in Darcy.
A couple other tidbits in this chapter:
We get Bingleys’ sisters opinions on the Bennet Ladies, “Miss Bennet's pleasing manners grew on the good will of Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley; and though the mother was found to be intolerable, and the younger sisters not worth speaking to,(no real surprises there).
And we get what I take to be the general opinion of Elizabeth’s piano playing. Her performance was pleasing, though by no means capital… easy and unaffected, had been listened to with much more pleasure [than Mary], though not playing half so well
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