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Written by Srirup
(4/27/2013 2:51 a.m.)
There has been a fair bit of discussion as to which point in the infatuation/love continuum the locus of Darcy’s feelings lie when he proposes. And then there is the question of lust as well I suppose. But I shall leave that aside for the moment.
I’d like to address the “respect” element. I find it difficult to appreciate why Darcy would propose if he did not respect Elizabeth as a person, as has been suggested in a few posts. Surely just physical attraction would not make him do that? As is there any evidence for that?
The only bit of text that I find against Darcy respecting Elizabeth is His sense of her inferiority. This may be interpreted that Darcy is saying Elizabeth is inferior, and hence evidence of lack of respect. But taken in the context of the whole sentence, I feel it refers to the inferiority of her family rather than of her person.
So my thesis is that irrespective of the degree of love that he felt, Darcy must have developed a deep respect for Elizabeth. In fact barring the first unfortunate overheard remark, all of Darcy’s actions point to this.
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