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|Chap 10: you are charmingly grouped :-)
Written by kathleen (elder)
(4/11/2013 10:08 a.m.)
At the end of Chapter 10, Bingley's sisters show their rudeness by each taking Darcy's arm for a walk, thus excluding Elizabeth from the group. Darcy actually suggests walking where they can all four fit on the same path, but Elizabeth says, ""No, no; stay where you are. You are charmingly grouped, and appear to uncommon advantage. The picturesque would be spoilt by admitting a fourth."
This may have been a reference to Gilpin's discussion** of the picturesque illustrated, in part, by drawings of cows:
Gilpin's notes to the illustration state:
But with three, you are almost sure of a good group, except indeed they all stand in the fame attitude, and at equal distances. They generally however combine the most beautifully, when two are united, and the third a little removed.
Linked below is a post from an earlier GR of P&P which contains more information about this.
** taken from Observations, on Several Parts of England, Particularly the Mountains and Lakes of Cumberland and Westmoreland
|2007 P&P GR: the picturesque|
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