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|Selfish disdain of the feelings of others + Col. Fitzw.
Written by Therese
(4/24/2013 10:04 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, So now we begin, penned by Jim Morris
Here, if the word disdain seems to me misused because it implies a will to act so, I find that Mr Darcy's proposal really deserves being called "selfish" to Elizabeth's feelings. Maybe was he so much engrossed by his love as not to manage to get a realistic impression of what Elizabeth could think and feel? As well as Elizabeth was so much engrossed by her dislike and prejudice, as to understand his love.
I have long supposed that Colonel Fitwilliam had soon detected such a strong partiality of Mr Darcy's, and that he understood its depth when she spoke of his "stupidity" when he was with her (he could witness it directly too); and that this was the reason why, having himself understood that Elizabeth preferred himself to his cousin, without being yet in love with him (exactly as he had a preference to her, without being in love yet), he had been delicate (right word?) enough to yield to his cousin, telling clearly Elizabeth that he would not marry her, and giving her the motive of money, which was very delicate too because it didn't offend her pride; and may help her turning her eyes to a man with so independant a fortune, as to need no dowry from his wife; while ascertaining her being able to be considered worth the younger son of an Earl, which may have helped her raising hopes on Mr Darcy.
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