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Written by Ramya
(4/11/2013 8:51 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The result is the same ..., penned by gianni
seem likely to me. So far, there is no evidence that he is a sneering gossip (nor has anyone asserted that he is so here). I can't say that he and the Bingley sisters have formed a clique, though they do seem to have similar opinions. And, he does not seem to be irritated or impatient with his hosts to be drawn into uncharacteristic criticism.
The first instance of rudeness we get is his remark that Elizabeth is only "tolerable" uttered in a public place. Bingley was hardly dragging him into the dance floor--he was just trying to persuade him as a friend, and when Darcy asks him not to bother, immediately goes back to the dance.
Although we don't get the conversation where he has "made it clear to himself and his friends" that Elizabeth is no beauty, there is no reason to suppose he was merely irritated. Why do you think he is constantly irritated by Bingley or his sisters into giving uncharacteristic responses? They all seem to get along perfectly fine. Then it would mean Austen has left off vital information about the dynamics of their relationship, and that Darcy is a weak sort of person who can be easily led into stating opinions that are not his own.
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