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Written by Erica M.
(5/5/2013 3:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Elizabeth's manners, penned by Therese
We never see Elizabeth showing bad manners or breeding, unlike Lydia and Mrs. Bennett. Darcy himself acknowledges in his letter that both Elizabeth and Jane have conducted themselves well. Elizabeth simply wasn't trying to be "dignified" and stiff in her manners. Elizabeth, in contrast with Lydia, is capable of "being herself" while still maintaining good social decorum. I believe the "easy playfulness" is referring to Elizabeth's more natural manners, versus Miss Bingley's (and no doubt many young ladies') studied false manners.
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