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Written by BarbaraB
(5/9/2013 6:41 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "... of that kind of love which I supposed, penned by Chandra S
Yes, I tend to agree. Lizzy's aunt calls Lizzy on her use of the term, saying the phrase is hackneyed, implying that, as such, it is not specific enough for her to gage Bingley's real feelings toward Jane. After making a big deal about the term on this occasion, Austen's use of it again in referring to Darcy, is as you say, I believe our dear author having a bit of fun through her narrator and Lizzy who is demonstrated to use language well but does not mind getting in a tease here and there. Austen is also, imo, being ironical as Darcy, though allowing his emotions to come through and obviously making a declaration of his feelings which seem to be of a passionate nature in regard to Elizabeth based on his previous actions, nevertheless appearing to be pretty much in control.
And wasn't Mr. Elton said to be making violent love to Emma as soon as the carriage cleared the sweep-gate? (lol-what a hoot!)
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