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Written by Nikki N
(5/12/2013 11:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I cannot separate behavior from character, penned by Ramya
But I think that is what Eliz learned -- to separate a person's manners/behaviour from his essential character. Because Wickham's was well-mannered and charming in his outward behaviour was charming, she believed his character to be honest, and because Darcy's behaviour was proud and disagreeable, she believed him to be dishonourable.
Actually I think there's a certain parallel between Eliz and Lady Russell in Persuasion -- when Lady R disliked Fred Wentworth and liked Mr Elliot because she had been influenced by their respective manners -- adapting that passage to Eliz and Darcy and Wickham --
"She must learn to feel that she had been mistaken with regard to both; that she had been unfairly influenced by appearances in each; that because [Darcy's] manners [were "haughty, reserved and fastidious"] she had been too quick in suspecting them to indicate a [dishonourable] character; and that because [Wickham's] manners had precisely pleased her in their [charm and agreeableness], their general politeness and suavity, she had been too quick in receiving them as the certain result of [a truthful and honourable character]."
There is also Mrs Reynolds' praise of Darcy, and even if that is exaggerated -- there is the opinion of the people of Lambton --
He was proud but liberal i.e. generous.
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