war of the roses? and a nice little scene
Written by mikeB in Japan
(4/19/2013 5:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The white and the red. Chapter 15, penned by Srirup
Darcy "was beginning to determine not to fix his eyes on Elizabeth" LOL - wonder how long he would take to "not fix his eyes on her"? Taking 20" not to fix your eyes on someone sounds like a comedy!
The two men see each other - pause - Wickham touches his hat - pause - Darcy just deigns to return the salutation.
Clearly there is a big gap between the two men but they already know each other. Based on Darcy's behavior at the assembly Darcy's willing acceptance of connection is unlikely.
If Darcy touches hat first then obviously he is embarrassed but no.
Wickham is the inferior and goes first, no clues there.
Darcy really doesn't want to acknowledge Wickham but manners force his hand, literally.
If Darcy is embarrassed then we could expect him to touch the hat and be gone but he stands his ground before and after. So Darcy is furious (red) and Wickham is in shock (white).
Darcy is rescued by Bingley who takes leave and departs. Bingley appears to have no reaction to Wickham but his actions are telling. Here he has encountered Jane. He tells her he was on his way to visit her - Darcy came so as not to look at Elizabeth.
We would expect Bingley to demount and engage Jane in conversation of the more intimate kind - can't expect Jane to keep peering up at a mounted man, very tiring. Lots of conversation. And the horse may unexpectedly push Bingley so as to brush shoulders with Jane etc etc. But no, Bingley does not question Darcy and does the one thing he does not want to do - for a friend - without any justification - I believe that Darcy may want to take back his disapproval - and rides away.
I am now convinced that Bingley has seen Wickham's face (a painting, but where?) but has not been introduced to him. He knows that the meeting of the two men is explosive and so defuses the situation. It suggests that Darcy has some beef with Wickham and has told Bingley.