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|Very attentive to etiquette
Written by Therese
(5/3/2013 12:45 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, let the manners be the ladders to scale the, penned by mikeB in Japan
"Love is not the only way to secure grace from Darcy.
Intelligence and good manners are essential if your situation is not the best."
One can see, particularly in the first chapters (from the incident with Mrs Long guessed chapter 4, to Mr Collins' self-introduction chapter 18), that Mr Darcy is very attached to etiquette.
So, and particularly if he had had an nice account of their visit (even without any account, he could guess from Mrs Reynold's and the gardiner's attitude towards his visitors), he had certainly a good first impression.
But being able, as he did, to address so directly, such perfect strangers, was to his nature an endeavour, so far beyond his capacities, that I can imagine it only reached by a burst of love, or "a despair of love". Some men ARE able to surpass themselves in such conditions.
Well done Mr Darcy!
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