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|First impressions and appearances can be deceiving
Written by jeffrey
(5/3/2013 9:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I lean to the thought that absent someone who, penned by mikeB in Japan
To clarify the appearance and manners of Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, I quote from chapter 25:
".....Mr. Gardiner was a sensible, gentlemanlike man, greatly superior to his sister, as well by nature as education. The Netherfield ladies would have had difficulty in believing that a man who lived by trade, and within view of his own warehouses, could have been so well-bred and agreeable. Mrs. Gardiner, who was several years younger than Mrs. Bennet and Mrs. Philips, was an amiable, intelligent, elegant woman, and a great favourite with all her Longbourn nieces. Between the two eldest and herself especially there subsisted a very particular regard. They had frequently been staying with her in town....."
What great fortune it is for Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner being introduced by Elizabeth herself to the formidable Mr. Darcy! Was he perhaps initially fooled by their manners/appearance?
I feel that #1 Darcy (thinking quickly on the run) was trying very hard to make amends and impress Elizabeth with his manners and #2 upon becoming further acquainted with the Gardiners found them charming, elegant, and agreeable. Thus, the class wall separating him from Elizabeth's 'lowly connections' begins to crumble.
One can only imagine how difficult it must have been considering his guarded melancholy nature to be reunited with Elizabeth in such a totally shocking way and then to quickly reach out to the Gardiners with such genuine hospitality!
My regard for Mr. Darcy, from a low point at Hunsford, has gone straight up since then.
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