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|Reader’s knowledge vs. Lizzy’s: tidbits
Written by amytat
(5/8/2013 7:47 p.m.)
In this last section the narrative returns to being mostly from Elizabeth’s perspective with a number of tidbits mixed in of other characters thoughts. I couldn’t come up with a logical grouping for these so I’m just listing what we have by Character.
We are told Mr. Bennet had very often wished before this period of his life that, instead of spending his whole income, he had laid by an annual sum, for the better provision of his children, and of his wife, if she survived him. He now wished it more than ever. and the text goes on to give us the “reasons” he didn’t save.
We are also given his opinion of Mary’s feelings at being left at home with Mrs. Bennet and being obliged to mix more with the world, “ it was suspected by her father that she submitted to the change without much reluctance.
Mr. Bennet and Bingley:
he and Mr. Bennet spent the morning together, as had been agreed on. The latter was much more agreeable than his companion expected. There was nothing of presumption or folly in Bingley, that could provoke his ridicule, or disgust him into silence; and he was more communicative and less eccentric than the other had ever seen him.
A bit more from Bingley:
On first visiting Jane, “He found her as handsome as she had been last year -- as good-natured and as unaffected, though not quite so chatty.”
On a related note we also get confirmation of what Elizabeth originally believed about Bingley when Jane says, when he went to town last November, he really loved me
After learning Lydia will be married, “No sentiment of shame gave a damp to her triumph. The marriage of a daughter, which had been the first object of her wishes since Jane was sixteen, was now on the point of accomplishment, and her thoughts and her words ran wholly on those attendants of elegant nuptials, fine muslins, new carriages, and servants.” (Though it’s not totally clear how much of this is her thoughts and how much is observable behavior.)
When Jane gets engaged, “Mrs. Bennet could not give her consent or speak her approbation in terms warm enough to satisfy her feelings”and Wickham, Lydia, were all forgotten. Jane was beyond competition her favourite child. At that moment she cared for no other
After Elizabeth hints that she knows more about his dealings with Dary and he kisses her hand, “though he hardly knew how to look” and “Mr. Wickham was so perfectly satisfied with this conversation, that he never again distressed himself or provoked his dear sister Elizabeth by introducing the subject of it”
After Lizzy’s marriage, “He bore with philosophy the conviction that Elizabeth must now become acquainted with whatever of his ingratitude and falsehood had before been unknown to her, and, in spite of everything, was not wholly without hope that Darcy might yet be prevailed on to make his fortune.
Wickham and Lydia:
When Bingley visits, ”was anxious that no difference should be perceived in her at all, and was really persuaded that she talked as much as ever. But her mind was so busily engaged that she did not always know when she was silent.
When Bingley proposes Jane could have no reserves from Elizabeth where confidence would give pleasure
When Jane gets engaged, Kitty … hoped her turn was coming soon.
While they are out walking, “Elizabeth was secretly forming a desperate resolution; and, perhaps, he might be doing the same.”(another case where we are told what he might be thinking).
When Elizabeth accepts his proposal, The happiness which this reply produced was such as he had probably never felt before.”
was very deeply mortified by Darcy's marriage; but as she thought it advisable to retain the right of visiting at Pemberley…
Georgiana had the highest opinion in the world of Elizabeth; though at first she often listened with an astonishment bordering on alarm at her lively, sportive manner of talking to her brother. He, who had always inspired in herself a respect which almost overcame her affection, she now saw the object of open pleasantry. Her mind received knowledge which had never before fallen in her way. By Elizabeth's instructions she began to comprehend that a woman may take liberties with her husband which a brother will not always allow in a sister more than ten years younger than himself.
Here at the end we get a brief peek into Lady Catherine’s thoughts but rather than being told exactly what she is thinking we are given two possibilities her resentment gave way, either to her affection for [Darcy], or her curiosity to see how his wife conducted herself
Hopefully I’ll post some final thoughts later this week.
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