Thoughtless but not so rude
Written by Therese
(4/13/2013 5:28 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, darcy and ELiz, penned by bridget d
I really believe that Darcy had no idea of being heard.
Would he have imagined it, he would have behaved very differently later.
It is not the first time Jane Austen plays with conversations meant and believed to be private, and being not so. Think of the inn scene between Anne and Granville, Wentworth listening... there the idea that Anne cannot admit that he can hear is well developped.
In upper classes, there were always "witnesses" of the onversations, there were servants everywhere for instance. So people, being never isolated, were used, I suppose, to modulate their voice in order not to be heard, and it could fail.