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Written by Nikki N
(4/28/2013 11:46 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why on earth would he feel insecure?, penned by Jim Morris
The statement "disguise of every sort is my abhorrence" can actually be an excuse people make to themselves when they know they are being rude!
As for insecurity, Darcy certainly is not insecure, on the contrary, he was over-confident, e.g. he had no doubt Eliz would accept him. If anyone is disguising insecurity, it is more likely to be Bingley, under his apparently easy, cheerful manner. The narrator's description in chap 4 --
"On the strength of Darcy's regard Bingley had the firmest reliance, and of his judgment the highest opinion. In understanding, Darcy was the superior. Bingley was by no means deficient, but Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well-bred, were not inviting."
Later, we see that Bingley was insecure of his own judgement and believed Darcy when Darcy confidently assured him of Jane's indifference. Darcy called it Bingley's "modesty" but the modesty might well be insecurity. The Bingleys' position in society was different from Darcy's, they were "new rich", not landed gentry. The Bingley sisters' conceited airs could also be a form of inferiority complex.
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