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|Darcy is no Anne Elliot
Written by Robbin
(4/16/2013 5:02 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, We know negatively, penned by Therese
There are differences between what Anne Elliot said to Captain Harville (P, 23) and Darcy’s telling Bingley why it would be a punishment to stand up with Lizzy (3). Anne has no reason to suppose her passionate claim for women ‘of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone’ (P, 23) will give pain to Frederick or anyone within range of her voice. Darcy ought to know carelessly disparaging a lady’s beauty and worth in a way the lady or anyone might overhear could have unforeseen and unpleasant consequences. Anne was ‘half inclined to suspect…he [Frederick] had been occupied by them, striving to catch sounds, which yet she did not think he could have caught’ (P, 23) but what in the text suggests Darcy at any point considered whether Lizzy could hear him or not?
No need for apologies. So far I have been unable to take up the focuses I planned for this group read. I am just glad to have been able to read all the posts! (:D)
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