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|the letter and Eliz's reaction
Written by Nikki N
(4/25/2013 11:53 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, His reason for writing the letter..., penned by Jim Morris
yes, he made it clear that it is to answer an attack on his character, especially the attack made by Wickham.
I think chapters 34, 35 & 36 -- the proposal, Eliz's refusal, the letter and Eliz's reaction and the pivotal points in P&P.
1. I don't think Darcy was really in love with Eliz when he proposed, or he would not have proposed in such an insulting way. He was very passionately infatuated, but he did not respect her, and he did not know her character. Passion can fade away, and if she had accepted him, I don't think they could have been happy in the long term.
2. Eliz's refusal made him realize she was not a young woman who would accept a man merely because he was rich. her accusations regarding Wickham were mistaken, but that about his selfish disdain for others was true. She was also right regarding Bingley and Jane, but he did not regret that yet.
3. The letter gives the explanation to the reader as well to Eliz.
4. Eliz's reaction -- when she first read about his real objections to a match between Bingley and Jane -- the impropriety of her mother and younger sisters, she was very angry, but after reading about Wickham, she realized the inconsistencies of W's story, especially as Darcy said he had more than one witness to his dealings with W. Eliz then became absolutely ashamed of herself -- "How despicably have I acted!" she cried; "I, who have prided myself on my discernment! I, who have valued myself on my abilities! who have often disdained the generous candour of my sister,..."
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