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|Iím beginning to think we agree more than we disagree.
Written by amytat
(4/28/2013 2:18 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sorry for raising expectations, penned by Therese
I know someone who practically has a panic attach when he has to talk to someone he doesnít know well, and is sometimes physically incapable of speaking. Thatís what I would consider a handicap and I donít see Darcy suffering to that extent. I do agree with you that socializing with strangers is difficult for him.
I think you hit on a key point here and in your post about Colonel Fitzwilliam. Introverts are often not recognized as such because their close friends donít see them the way they are with strangers and because they usually learn some social coping skills or learn to mimic extroverted behavior. When Elizabeth talks about practicing I donít see her as saying that if Darcy tried hard enough he could change who he is. I see her as saying he could learn some of these skills.
And now that we are in week 4 I can say this: When Darcy meets the Gardiners he asks for an introduction and enters into conversation with Mr. Gardiner. I donít think this could have been easy for him but he comes across well. Iíd like to think that heís followed Elizabethís advice and gotten some practice. (Also, I think Mr. Gardiner would be easy to talk to and ask Darcy questions about the architecture ect. so that Darcy becomes more comfortable talking to him.)
I hope Iím not getting off topic but Sarah Hannah linked an article on the P&P board a while back (linked below) that I thought was dead on for Darcy ĖI think you might find it interesting.
Oh and no need to be sorry, I still look forward to reading with you have to say about the inspiration. :o)
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