well, self-denigration is not common among gossips :D
Written by mikeB in Japan
(4/12/2013 11:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Is Elizabeth a*gasp* gossip?, penned by Stacey GC
every time she repeats the slight she is denigrating herself.
A true gossip would accent the "nobody here is good enough".
Part can be explained by her desire to appear "bigger than the insult" to demonstrate her superiority and control.
And part is an interest in Darcy. Clearly he is magnificent and appears to have a fine intellect, so why did he step so far out of line with his bad manners? She wants to know. Lizzy fancies herself as a keen observer of "intricate characters" and here is a prime example.
As an extra bonus, he made the comment about her. This gives her good justification.
Say Darcy insulted Jane. That would really infuriate Lizzy since Jane is so open. She would try to hurt Darcy but if Jane told her to drop it, I believe she would stop. Since Darcy slighted her she has full control over how far she can go.