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Written by gianni
(5/12/2013 9:12 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sorry, but J.A states otherwise.., penned by Jim Morris
... "Yes, sir, I know I am. If I was to go through the world, I could not meet with a better [master]. But I have always observed, that they who are good-natured when children, are good-natured when they grow up; and he was always the sweetest-tempered, most generous-hearted boy in the world."
... "He is the best landlord, and the best master," said she, "that ever lived; not like the wild young men nowadays, who think of nothing but themselves. There is not one of his tenants or servants but what will give him a good name. Some people call him proud; but I am sure I never saw anything of it. To my fancy, it is only because he does not rattle away like other young men."
(Mrs. Reynolds, ch. 43)
This is long-existing character.
And, of course, inside your own reference, he was selfish "in practice, though not in principle".
Darcy does not change in character or in principle; he changes in attitude, then in behavior. I'm firmly with Cathy and Therese on this one.
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