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Written by kathleen (elder)
(1/22/2004 10:37 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Dancing a reel, penned by Margaret Ellen
] First, I have never understood why at Netherfield Mr. Darcy asks Lizzy to dance a reel. Although Caroline was playing, no one was dancing. Did he really expect her to get up and dance, just the two of them at a family evening at home?
I have always thought that Darcy was just trying to start a conversation with Elizabeth. Sort of like someone of our time saying, "Gee isn't that music great -- makes it hard to sit still, makes you want to dance, doesn't it?"
] I don't understand Lizzy's response. Despise me if you dare?
Elizabeth thinks that Darcy is baiting her, that he is using this as an opportunity to look down at her and despise her taste in music. I would translate her response as, "I'm sure you asked me that question so that you could make fun of me for having no taste in music. But I'm too clever for you. So I shall say that no, I have no problem sitting still. Now, just try to make fun of me or my lack of taste."
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