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Written by RobinJ
(4/14/2013 3:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, There is an old Scottish saying, penned by Kathleen Glancy
I am a bit disappointed in Lizzy at this point myself. She has been presented as someone who is a "studier of character" and seems to pride herself on her ability to "read" and understand those around her. But she has almost been a hypocrite in these early chapters.
Her immediate acceptance of Wickham's tale of woe just strikes me as odd and her defense of him to Jane is just unbelievable:
I can much more easily believe Mr. Bingley's being imposed on, than that Mr. Wickham should invent such a history of himself as he gave me last night; names, facts, everything mentioned without ceremony. If it be not so, let Mr. Darcy contradict it. Besides, there was truth in his looks. Chp 17
So Wickham, who she just met, is to be believed because he looked like he was telling the truth? And how would she really know if he gave her the correct names and facts? And did she not think it was odd that someone she didn't know starting telling her all this so easily?
And then the bit that really jumped out at me this time was while Lizzy and Darcy are dancing at Netherfield and she's trying to "read" his character, she's been asking if he's careful when he makes his original judgements:
It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first. Chp 18
The reason this jumped out at me this time was that Lizzy has NOT done the exact thing she's saying he, Darcy, should do: judging properly at first and being careful in that original judgement. She seems to feel that he has not judged Wickham properly, that he wasn't careful in forming his opinions. Well, she certainly has not been careful in her first judgements of him OR Wickham. While she believed Wickham immediately, after only knowing him a day (?), she doesn't extend the same benefit to Darcy even though she has known him a bit longer at this point.
I do think Lizzy's pride has really gotten in the way of her opinions at this point despite all her protests of not caring.
I hope I explained my thoughts clearly...it was all running around in my brain and wasn't lending itself to the written word well. :)
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