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Written by Therese
(4/16/2013 4:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Well said, Therese!, penned by Cathy Allen
It is true, "kind" is a word I use with wide semantic field because I don't know close words, and it is likely to be used here rather unprecisely. I feel easier with words Jane Austen uses in different contexts.
At the "opposite", he includes Elizabeth in his accusation of wanting him to admire one's figure, but I am sure that he had no doubt of Elizabeth understanding perfectly that the pique was targeting Miss Bingley alone (he had been struck by her invitation so he knew Elizabeth was innocent), so it ended as an invitation to familiarity and a indirect compliment to her figure; besides the pique to Miss Bingley of course, to tell her she was unmasked, this very pique being also an indirect compliment to ELizabeth, taken as Miss Bingley's rival.
As soon as he knows better Elizabeth, he is no more reserved and distant, and one can wonder if it is because he is attracted by her (in which case one can say he is a bit unguarded, very confident in his ability of forgetting her later because of her low connexions), or if his knowing her better would have been enough for him to become so open and unreserved.
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