Written by Therese
(4/29/2013 9:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, gradual, rational love, penned by Nikki N
I agree except on a few points.
In Mr Darcy's evolution of feelings, I don't agree with your 3.
There may have been desire underlying all, like in nearly every love, but I don't think it was the intention of Jane Austen to consider he was dominated by desire, nor that it is what appears in the novel. And if he believes at this moment that he is yielding to passion (not a mere infatuation anyway), what follows show him (as readers had already the means to understand) that his feelings were not at all leading him astray, that it was his mistaken (ignorant?) mind which was yielding to "good instinct".
And your very quote "there were feelings besides those of the heart" means that there was the love, the real love, but not unalloyed; it is this very love that had to be purified, not a love to be created. He has already shown real love, particularly in his confidence towards her, opening his deep character to her sight.
"He spoke "well", not awkwardly. " - Yes, he was a good speaker among his acquaintance, and had then no doubt of being accepted, why should he have spoken awkwardly?