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|But disguise of every sort is my abhorrence.
Written by Angela L
(4/28/2013 9:33 a.m.)
I find Elizabeth's train of thought in Chapter 36 interesting, in the sense that she goes through a sort of reality check, comparing her perception of the world with Darcy's perception.
It shows how very well Elizabeth has always modified her view of her life, her family and friends in order for her to best be able to deal with it on an emotional level - a sort of self-deception. Something that we all do at some time or other, and I'm sure every reader can very well relate to how painful the realization is, that the perception others have of things might not be the same as our own perception.
In this connection, I find it interesting how Darcy's statement: "But disguise of every sort is my abhorrence." (chapter 34) along with her reflections in chapter 36 suggests to me somehow that Darcy's perception is the correct or honest perception, whereas Elizabeth has been deceiving herself, due to her feelings and faithfulness to her friends and family.
But I believe the theme of self-perception vs. external perception and self-deception is very present in this book:
And I was just wondering, hasn't Darcy also been somewhat disguised, despite his statement? Isn't he also prone to viewing the world based not only on hard facts, but influenced by his feelings?
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