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Written by Nikki N
(4/17/2013 12:10 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Continuation..., penned by Therese
Most of it could be explained by Darcy merely being civil to a fellow guest.
As the dance at the Lucases, it would have been really very rude for him not to ask her, mush ruder than refusing Bingley's suggestion at the assembly. Sir William had pushed them to dance, and was going to give her hand to him. Darcy was not upset when she refused (perhaps rather pleased, as he thought she was being proper and modest, not vulgarly jumping at the opportunity to dance with him, knowing that it was Sir W who pushed them).
About asking Caro and Eliz for some music, it was only polite to ask both young ladies, and Caro did make "a polite request that Elizabeth would lead the way, which the other as politely and more earnestly negatived,".
The comment about extensive reading was a setdown for Caro, but not a compliment to Eliz, Darcy had no way of knowing whether Eliz's reading was extensive or not, and Darcy had agreed to Caro's list for accomplishments (most of which Eliz did not possess), and he added the one on extensive reading to indicate that Caro did not make his list either.
I don't believe Darcy was asking Eliz to dance a reel, it would have been most improper, especially with her sister ill upstairs, but he wanted to talk to her about dancing, yes, the only mild sign of attempted flirtation.
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