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|Malice comes later...
Written by Christiana
(1/21/2004 6:15 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Odious, but not for that reason, penned by Kathi
I can't help but think, though, that there is more than a touch of meanness in his behavior after Lizzy rejects him. The line "I have often observed that resignation is never so perfect as when the blessing denied begins to lose somewhat of its value in our estimation" just smacks of sour grapes--ie. "Well fine, I don't really want to marry you anyway, so nyeah!" In any case, it's certainly self-absorbed and petty, and that's bad enough.
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