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|The Picture of Fitzwilliam Darcy
Written by Srirup
(5/3/2013 12:22 p.m.)
Since the discussion with Jane after returning from Hunsford we are not told much about the development (if any) of the feelings of Elizabeth for Darcy. So we presume that she is still glad that she has refused him. And with all the excitement of travelling around Matlock and Dovedale, she may not even have thought much of Darcy, or his proposal.
There was certainly at this moment, in Elizabeth's mind, a more gentle sensation towards the original than she had ever felt in the height of their acquaintance. 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.
We still have not met Darcy. That is a couple of paragraphs away. So what has created this change in Elizabeth? Has it happened just today? Or are to conclude that all this time she has been thinking about Darcy and her earlier attitude has a softened a bit, even before she meets him?
Incidentally the Royal Mail stamp commemorating P&P depicts this moment.
|Royal Mail Stamp for P&P|
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