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|Ch.16 + 17: Wordless information-gathering
Written by Line
(4/15/2013 8:29 p.m.)
In ch.16, we are told that Elizabeth can't possibly ask Wickham what the trouble is between him and Darcy, so she has to wait for *him* to bring up the subject. *Not* talking about something is naturally difficult to convey in an adaptation ;-), and IIRC in P&P2 Elizabeth *is* the one to bring it up. I don't recall how they do it in the other adaptations.
In ch.17, Elizabeth tells Jane that "there was truth in (Wickham's) looks". You may say that this is slim evidence, but all along she has been drawing quite accurate conclusions strictly from people's "looks", so we will have to say how accurate this one turns out to be. ;-)
Also in ch.17, we are told that after Mr. Collins asked her for the first two dances at the Netherfield ball, "it now first struck her that *she* was selected from among her sisters as worthy of being the mistress of Hunsford Parsonage, and of assisting to form a quadrille table at Rosings, in the absence of more eligible visitors. The idea soon reached to conviction, as she observed his increasing civilities toward herself, and heard his frequent attempt at a compliment on her wit and vivacity; and though more astonished than gratified herself by this effect of her charms, it was not long before her mother gave her to understand that the probability of their marriage was exceedingly agreeable to her. Elizabeth, however, did not chuse to take the hint, being well aware that a serious dispute must be the consequence of any reply. Mr. Collins might never make the offer, and till he did, it was useless to quarrel about him."
Guessing that a man is interested in you but not telling anyone about it is another thing that is difficult to convey in an adaptation. A)Like Emma Woodhouse, Elizabeth starts to suspect Mr. Collins is working up to a proposal. B) She becomes sure of it. C) She realizes that a lot may still happen beforehand and that he may never "come up to scratch". Right all three times!
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