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|Chap 30 -- Another single man: Col Fitzwilliam
Written by kathleen (elder)
(4/24/2013 2:33 p.m.)
In Chapter 30 we find out that Darcy has arrived for a visit at Rosings, and accompanying him is his cousin Col Fitzwilliam. The day after their arrival they pay a call at Hunsford Cottage:
Colonel Fitzwilliam entered into conversation directly with the readiness and ease of a well-bred man, and talked very pleasantly
This description of Col Fitzwilliam as a "well-bred man" seems a contrast to the Chapter 4 description of Darcy whose "manners , though well-bred, were not inviting."
In Chapter 31, we read that "Colonel Fitzwilliam's manners were much admired at the parsonage," which has certainly not been said about Darcy's manners, ever, in this or in previous chapters.
Later in Chapter 31, the narrator tells us that "Mrs. Collins's pretty friend had ... caught [Col Fitzwilliam's] fancy very much ... ." Any character who admires Elizabeth automatically earns points with me, and I do remember liking Col Fitzwilliam from this moment in the novel. :-)
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