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|Ch. 43: Darcy introducing Georgiana to Elizabeth
Written by Jasmine D
(5/3/2013 3:13 p.m.)
In Chapter 43, Darcy expresses his desire to introduce Georgiana to Elizabeth.
"There is also one other person in the party," he continued after a pause, "who more particularly wishes to be known to you. Will you allow me, or do I ask too much, to introduce my sister to your acquaintance during your stay at Lambton?"
The surprise of such an application was great indeed; it was too great for her to know in what manner she acceded to it. She immediately felt that whatever desire Miss Darcy might have of being acquainted with her must be the work of her brother, and, without looking farther, it was satisfactory; it was gratifying to know that his resentment had not made him think really ill of her.
What I find interesting is that Darcy wants to introduce Georgiana to Elizabeth. Not the other way around. He didn't say, "I would like you to meet my sister".
As I understand from etiquette books, you always introduce the "less important" person to to the "more important" person. For example, you would present a subject to the king, a gentleman to a lady, a younger to the elder.
In this case, you would think that Elizabeth would be introduced to Georgiana, as Georgiana is higher in social status. So, by specifically stating that he wants to introduce Georgiana to Elizabeth, does Darcy show some change in character that he no longer thinks Elizabeth inferior to himself and his family? Or was it merely because Elizabeth is older than Georgiana?
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