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Written by Cathy Allen
(5/12/2013 10:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sorry, but J.A states otherwise.., penned by Jim Morris
...Darcy exaggerating his faults and flattering Elizabeth. She has just accepted him, after all they went through together, and apart, and he can't believe his good fortune, so he's flattering her by undervaluing himself. I take Mrs. Reynolds' description at face value. Why would she say it if it wasn't true? Just as Aunt Gardiner said, there's a lot of value in the opinion of a long-time servant! My best word to describe Mr. Darcy? He's noble.
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