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Written by Nikki N
(4/14/2013 11:41 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Elizabeth, as most people do, was reacting to..., penned by Cathy Allen
I agree -- 'Wickham is handsome, charming, personable, friendly ... The only one of those attributes Darcy has, so far as we have seen, is "handsome."'
And I believe at this point Eliz was rather attracted to Wickham (not fighting any attraction to disagreeable Darcy). She was quick to judge that an agreeable man would be honest, and a disagreeable man would be dishonourable.
But she should have paid more attention to what Bingley said when Jane questioned him -- chap 18 -- "he will vouch for the good conduct, the probity, and honour of his friend, and is perfectly convinced that Mr. Wickham has deserved much less attention from Mr. Darcy than he has received; and I am sorry to say that by his account as well as his sister's, Mr. Wickham is by no means a respectable young man. I am afraid he has been very imprudent, and has deserved to lose Mr. Darcy's regard."
Eliz seemed to think Bingley a fool for believing Darcy when she simply dismissed Bingley as being imposed upon. I also disagree with those who think Caroline deliberately wanted Eliz to believe W's lies. Caro was not clever enough for that. I think Caro, although not in love with Darcy, did have some regard for him, and was honestly indignant that W was telling such tales against Darcy. JA who was a realist writer, avoided extremes and shows that the heroine is not always right and the "villainess" not always wrong.
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