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Written by Nikki N
(4/29/2013 12:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Did I say make?, penned by kathleen (elder)
Before Darcy appeared, Eliz had heard him praised by Mrs Reynolds -- his father was an "excellent man", as Mrs Gardiner had heard "and his son will be just like him -- just as affable to the poor", "the best landlord, the best master".
Chap 43 --
"The commendation bestowed on him by Mrs. Reynolds was of no trifling nature. What praise is more valuable than the praise of an intelligent servant? As a brother, a landlord, a master, she considered how many people's happiness were in his guardianship! -- how much of pleasure or pain it was in his power to bestow! -- how much of good or evil must be done by him! Every idea that had been brought forward by the housekeeper was favourable to his character, and as she stood before the canvas, on which he was represented, and fixed his eyes upon herself, she thought of his regard with a deeper sentiment of gratitude than it had ever raised before; she remembered its warmth, and softened its impropriety of expression."
Love based on gratitude, esteem and respect is not a strange love for JA, on the contrary, I think JA distrusted love based on mere passion and physical attraction, and felt that the best, most steady love was that which has foundations on esteem, respect and gratitude.
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