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|The Netherfield "ball of confusion." (random thoughts)
Written by jeffrey
(4/16/2013 3:06 p.m.)
I think Ch 18 is one of the most revealing and entertaining in all of P & P.
Hearsay and "He-said-she-said" galore. Elizabeth poking fun at Mr. Collins in front of Charlotte Lucas (Charlotte previously paying interested regard to Mr. Collins) Elizabeth and Darcy crossing swords during their dance trying to figure each other out. Caroline Bingley's contradictory defense of Darcy's character regarding Wickham, throwing Elizabeth for a loop. Mr. Collins taking at least a 2 page lecture to insult Elizabeth on why he would self-introduce to Mr. Darcy in spite of her warnings. Elizabeth probably wishing there was an ON-OFF switch somewhere on her mother as well as Mr. Collins! Poor Mary getting the hook from her father. And finally Miss Austen drops another telling little morsel concerning Darcy's feelings about Elizabeth and a certain 'other:'
".... She said no more, and they went down the other dance and parted in silence; on each side dissatisfied, though not to an equal degree, for in Darcy's breast there was a tolerable powerful feeling towards her, which soon procured her pardon, and directed all his anger against another...." Gee, I wonder who that 'another' would be? The son of the late steward of Pemberley perhaps?
Do you love Elizabeth's non-stop 'motor' as much as I do? More than once at the ball She is disappointed but rallies and bounces back. You just can't keep a good girl down....
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