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|Never less afraid
Written by Kathi
(1/20/2004 6:42 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Elizabeth's pride, penned by Julianne E.
] This makes me think of a topic I wanted to bring up. I think Elizabeth is actually afraid of liking Darcy at this point. At the Netherfield ball, Charlotte tries to tell Elizabeth to be nicer to Darcy, adding, "I dare say you will find him very agreeable." Elizabeth answers, "Heaven forbid! -- That would be the greatest misfortune of all! -- To find a man agreeable whom one is determined to hate! -- Do not wish me such an evil."
I agree with Mary-L that Lizzy is joking here -- though having heard Wickham's story, I do think she's gone over into a real prejudice against Darcy, as opposed to her opinion before. I doubt that she has ever been less afraid of liking Darcy than after she "finds out" that he is dishonorable, and then he apparently drives Wickham, with whom she was particularly looking forward to dancing, away from the ball.
] Her pride seems to make her stick to her original opinion of Darcy rather than admit that he may have some redeemable qualities.
He has given her little reason to think he has redeemable qualities.
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