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Written by Jim Morris
(5/12/2013 8:27 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Group Read Wrap-Up Day -- what did you learn?, penned by kathleen (elder)
In relation to heroine/villain:
Of Darcy's "insult", Lizzie said: "I could easily forgive his pride if he had not mortified mine"
......Showing she didn't pass Darcy's comment off quite so laughingly or unconcernedly. Now, to a lady who's just spent a fortnight getting ready, has had seventeen choices of outfit and is now all done up in her best party frock that her sisters assure her shows off her figure to best advantage and doesn't make her rear look oversized,I can understand her wanting some attention and compliments, but "mortified" is gilding the lily just more than a little..(-:
Darcy's "She is tolerable I suppose, but not handsome enough to tempt me" hardly calls her ugly really, does it? The fact that he sees her over his shoulder, sitting down (one assumes demurely) and doesn't immediately vote her Miss Meryton 1813, is hardly the worst insult she can suffer is it? She may have been munching on a jugged-hare burger at the time, for all we know. She certainly wasn't parading up and down a catwalk.(-;
...and Lizzie again..
" My beauty you had early withstood, ( I'll give a little humour from J.A there), and as for my manners -- my behaviour to you was at least always bordering on the uncivil, and I never spoke to you without rather wishing to give you pain than not." Badly done Elizabeth..
Darcy put up with that attitude for most of the book without resorting to uncivility in reply. He thought nothing but good of Lizzie, she nothing but bad of him. He wouldn't join in calling her during Caroline's sniping session, she hadn't a good word for him with anyone. He changed his ways and personality for love of Lizzie. His character is about to be completely reformed.
Where/what/how did Lizzie actually change anything, except in admitting she had been entirely in the wrong in her prejudice against him, and being duped by Wickham's charmingly smooth lies? We just have to hope that her statement of "Till this moment I never knew myself"..actually has some real truth in it.(-:.
There is a touch of Sunday morning mischief here, I'll admit. But it really means that taking sides with, defending or gloryfying either character is not really the right interpretation. The group read certainly makes us focus more intently on everything about P&P, but the arguments will surely be good for another two-hundred years at least.
Great fun and I've enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks all.(-:
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