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|Isolation makes mischief
Written by Robbin
(4/9/2013 11:43 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, teasing, yes. But there is a sharpness, penned by mikeB in Japan
"My overhearings were more to the purpose than yours, Eliza," said Charlotte. "Mr. Darcy is not so well worth listening to as his friend, is he? Poor Eliza! to be only just tolerable….I do not mind his not talking to Mrs. Long," said Miss Lucas, "but I wish he had danced with Eliza." (5)
Taking Charlotte’s ‘Poor Eliza! to be only just tolerable.’ (5) in isolation does give it a sharper edge but I think considering it as a part of the greater conversation in Ch. 5 and Lizzy’s reaction in Ch. 3 draws it as good humored. After Darcy’s performance Lizzy had ‘no very cordial feelings towards him’ (3) but diverted by the ridiculousness of it was her primary reaction. It is highly probable Charlotte was one of the first friends, if not the first, to hear Lizzy tell the story with great spirit. Charlotte teases Lizzy in something of the same playful manner Lizzy told her friends about Darcy’s performance. Charlotte goes on to wish Darcy had danced with Lizzy forcing me to suspect she is a matchmaker at heart. (:D)
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