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|One of literature's all-time classic set-downs!
Written by jeffrey
(5/8/2013 9:50 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Just deserts..., penned by Jim Morris
This is one of the high points of Jane Austen's brilliance: The dialogue between Lady Catherine and Elizabeth is one of those all-time "take that" moments that we all relish with justifiable satisfaction. It is here that Elizabeth wears the fitting mantel of "heroine."
She not only defends herself but Darcy as well as she delivers a stunning set-down without resorting to rudeness or name-calling. (unlike Lady Catherine who is insulting to the max)
I read with delight the humorous reaction following the great lady's visit by clueless Mrs. Bennet from Ch 56:
"...."She is a very fine-looking woman! and her calling here was prodigiously civil! for she only came, I suppose, to tell us the Collinses were well. She is on her road somewhere, I dare say, and so, passing through Meryton, thought she might as well call on you. I suppose she had nothing particular to say to you, Lizzy?....."
No, nothing in particular! If she only knew.......
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