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Written by Ramya
(5/12/2013 9:19 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Redemption, penned by Therese
I think a more applicable verse might be Eph. 5:33: However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
I do think that Mr. Bennet was correct in saying that Elizabeth would be miserable if she could not respect her husband. In fact, he takes it farther and says that her "lively talents" would place in the greatest danger. Perhaps, of falling in love with another man. The knowledge of Darcy's true character--his real change--and all that he had done for Lydia--certainly makes Elizabeth respect Darcy, and that, in addition to gratitude, I believe became the foundational basis for her love.
His attachment excited gratitude, his general character respect; but she could not approve him; Ch. 37
The same way, during his first proposal, Darcy puts his owns needs and desires before anything else. But by the time of the second proposal, he has selflessly (though not sacrificially, IMO), put the needs of Elizabeth before his. He wants to conceal his part in saving Lydia from Elizabeth, even when he does propose, he does it in the least-intrusive way possible, giving her an out if she so desired.
I agree that Darcy and Lizzy have an excellent basis for a wonderful marriage. :-)
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