Had raised but lately
Written by Therese
(4/24/2013 9:38 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, expectations, penned by Nikki N
I was speaking of his attitude the last day at Netherfield, there he took care not to raise any expectation.
You spoke of his very plain hints when he meets her "accidentally" in her walks in Rosings groves (who but Elizabeth - or, in fact, any really innocent girl, which is not incompatible with being somehow bold and witty in words, as I experienced - would have not understood? Even Charlotte, who didn't know the tenth of what happened, was very near)? And he seeked confirmation when he met her alone at the parsonage in chapter 32, when she answers him, thinking of Jane and Bingley, but of course he takes it as an answer to his question about themselves... Jane Austen is really a genius, by the way... I suppose that in his own mind, Mr Darcy had gradually raised Elizabeth's expectations and she should have been ready for a proposal... The typical (good) unexperienced male lover after all... ;-)