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|I don't think it had anything to do with the proposal
Written by kathleen (elder)
(1/28/2004 9:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, She would be in nobody's way, you know..., penned by Chandra S
] Did this impact the timing of the proposal? I am toying with the idea that, if LC had been a truly genteel woman, well-bred and mannerly, Darcy would have been able to hold onto his Bennet-induced revulsion longer for the contrast, and might not have let his attraction to Lizzy run away with him and cause him to make that fateful trip to the parsonage.
I think Darcy could no longer resist -- Elizabeth was quite unlike any of the other women with whom he had socialized, and he was smitten. I suspect that he had put her out of his mind after he left Netherfield, but seeing her on a regular basis in Kent brought back all of her attractions and then some. As he says, "My feelings will not be repressed." He had reached a point where he simply had to make his declaration.
I don't think Lady C's behaviour had anything to do with the timing of his proposal, other than the possibility that it made him think about Elizabeth even more and in a favourable light since Elizabeth didn't react badly to her Ladyship's insulting comments.
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