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Written by Karen Marija
(1/20/2004 11:04 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Weighing the evidence so far, penned by Kathi
I can understand why Lizzy didn't listen to Caroline, but it puzzles me that she doesn't give credit to Bingley's views. It seems inconsistent that she could so highly esteem him in other ways, and yet believe that he is wrong about Darcy. Even though Bingley doesn't know the particulars about Wickham, if Darcy could behave so terribly toward Wickham, how could that sort of character not be expressed to Bingley in other ways and how could Bingley consider Darcy to be such a close friend if he (Darcy) is so terrible? It reflects poorly on Bingley to have chosen such a friend, so how can Lizzy think so highly of him? I would instead expect her to either look down on Bingley for having Darcy for a close friend, or else consider his opinion more carefully and rethink Wickham.
>Are there any internal inconsistancies in Wickham's story? Is >there anything else that she should be considering?
The attraction of Mr. Wickham has always puzzled me. I know he was very handsome and amiable, but speaks so freely and openly of his misfortunes; I would expect him to be more circumspect and reserved, especially around people he has only just met. I would think that someone who complains so much and cries, "poor me!" so often would not be considered a captivating conversationalist.
Also, I think it's likely that for all her joking, Lizzy was more upset at being snubbed by Darcy than she lets on. Not that she was interested in him at that point, but to be put down in that way has to hurt. So I do think that colors her views on Darcy more than she may admit to herself.
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