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Written by Nikki N
(4/14/2013 7:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Snobbish, penned by bridget d
His way of speaking and behaving at the assembly was snobbish and haughty! If there was any difference between Darcy and Bingley's sisters at that first gathering, it was that he behaved worse in public than they did. Eliz's quickness of observation may have detected a certain "superciliousness" in the Bingley sisters' manners, but they at least accepted introductions and danced with some local gentlemen as well. Nobody criticized the Bingley sisters, they appeared to be "pleasing" and "charming" women, and Eliz kept her observation to herself at this point -- their behaviour in public was not obviously bad. (We know Eliz was right only because of B's sisters' private conversations after the ball). It was Darcy's public behaviour that was obviously haughty. Very strange and unnatural if Eliz was attracted to him at this point in time (other than at first joining in everyone's admiration of his fine, handsome looks before his manners gave everyone a disgust of him), or if she thought him better than B's sisters! Perhaps later at Netherfield, she realized D was much more intelligent than B's sisters, but that was later, there was no way she could have detected that at that first assembly.
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