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Written by Tom P2
(4/12/2013 5:56 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Just trying to persuade..., penned by Therese
I've been wondering about the 'impatient and irritated' motivation, too, but leaning towards boredom and satire.
Mr Darcy has presumably been in company with the Bingleys and Hursts for quite a while before they all arrive at Netherfield. Enough time for him to get bored with some of their ways. Bored people sometimes act up, and we have Mr Bingley's word that Mr Darcy is an awful object ... when he has nothing to do (ch10).
Some, perhaps most, of his notable behaviour in this week's chapters seems a little exaggerated. So, perhaps his way of dealing with challenges such as his own boredom and other people's folly is to get a little satirical. It isn't so obvious as to be recognised by the people around him, but perhaps it's only meant for his own private amusement.
Here are some instances, taking that interpretation.
Mr Bingley tries to foist a stranger on him as a dancing partner? He goes a little over the top about the degree of handsomeness that would tempt him.
Jane is undeniably pretty? He brazens his way past that one with the nonsensical criticism about her smiling too much.
After the assembly, Mr Bingley is gushing and his sisters are supercilious? Mr Darcy plumps for outdoing everyone at superciliousness.
Miss Bingley plays a lively Scotch air in the presence of the comparatively rural and unsophisticated Elizabeth? He suggests dancing a reel.
He's willing to have a private chuckle about anybody, the cheeky imp! He takes after his creator, but is subtler in style than Mr Bennet.
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