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Written by kathleen (elder)
(4/28/2013 11:57 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, your explanation of what exactly makes her begin, penned by mikeB in Japan
Of course the meeting at Pemberley doesn't "make" her fall in love! I trust that you don't think I would ever say something as irrational as that. :-)
Darcy, at Pemberley, shows that he can act like a gentleman (in the ways I mentioned), and he shows that he still cares for Elizabeth. In a way, it's almost as if they are starting over, and Elizabeth feels the beginnings of love for a good man who has shown that he loves and respects her. (This is similar to JA's description of the beginnings of Henry Tilney's love for Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey -- Chapter 30: "his affection originated in nothing better than gratitude, or, in other words, that a persuasion of her partiality for him had been the only cause of giving her a serious thought.")
If Elizabeth had never met Darcy again, then she wouldn't have had any reason to feel these beginnings of love.
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