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Written by bridget d
(4/28/2013 6:42 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Elizabeth, but Jane Austen?, penned by Therese
I think that this is JA's view as well, as I've said. She did not have any time for people trying to opt out of the social round. Marianne Dashwood tries to do so on the grounds that she has finer feelings and too much intelligence to "join in" with people she finds boring or not sensitive enough for her refined tastes, but JA clearly is sharply critical of her for such behaviour. I think that JA woudl think ti was rather ludicrous to assume that a grown man of Darcy's age, an intelligent sophisticated man, brought up in his world where people spent most of their time socialising, visiting other people, having visitors etc, woudl be "shy" and awkward with people.
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