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|Love at second sight
Written by Jasmine D
(5/11/2013 11:36 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy and ELiz, penned by bridget d
Elizabeth and Darcy are initially blinded, not by love, but by prejudice; they must be brought to see clearly. Furthermore, their transformations are mutual. Both of them undergo a transformation and bring about the transformation of the other. They must overcome their pride and prejudice in order to love each other.
It is a beautiful story.
I've read it described as a "conversion" experience. They come to grips with the truths of their own and the other’s character. In Chapter 36, Elizabeth says it best. After reading Darcy's letter, she says, “Till this moment I never knew myself.” Darcy opened her eyes to her pride and prejudice.
Similarly, Darcy confesses to Elizabeth that he might have always been proud and unbending were it not for her. She was the only person bold enough to point out his pride. Darcy redeems himself by humbling himself to negotiate with Wickham to ensure Lydia’s respectability.
So, initially they both were unworthy of each other. But they undergo a mutual transformation/conversion which makes them both worthy of each other.
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