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Written by Jim Morris
(5/13/2013 6:55 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sorry, but J.A also says ..., penned by gianni
"His character was determined" says our narrator, which when I earlier (in the main P&P board) pointed out was the view of the local Mafia, it was argued the narrator was telling us all about him? And why would he show animosity to his housekeeper (who presumably had somewhat of a mother/governess role in his youth?) or to people below him who were tugging the forelock to their master? These were the views of servants who Darcy would never have to meet on an equal social level. With friends and family, ie Georgiana, he would hardly be likely to show much bad behaviour, but his character was flexible to say the least.
What of " At such an assembly as this, it would be insupportable. Your sisters are engaged, and there is not another woman in the room whom it would not be a punishment to me to stand up with.".....is that behaviour, or character? I'd say his character was decidedly showing itself there? Also,as has oft been pointed out..."I'd as soon call her mother a wit"
Jane Austen, it would seem, was twisting a few tails by adding a mix of puzzling views for us to mull over. In fairness, I've defended Darcy on way more than one occasion, but he has remained a complex character throughout, a man that needed self-analysis and change, something he achieved in the end but that started when he first realised he'd never met a Lizzie in his twenty seven years of life.
I'll settle for a mixture of character and also behaviour change, but both happened at the age of twenty seven/eight. A sort of "Road to Damascus" moment occurred in his life round about then.(-:
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