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|Elizabeth's tender feelings for Colonel Fitzwilliam
Written by kathleen (elder)
(1/28/2004 4:48 p.m.)
At the beginning of Chapter 34 Elizabeth consoles herself with the thought that Darcy will soon be leaving Kent and that she will soon be back in London to help Jane regain her spirits. But in the second & third paragraph of this chapter, we read more about her feelings for Colonel Fitzwilliam:
She could not think of Darcy's leaving Kent without remembering that his cousin was to go with him; but Colonel Fitzwilliam had made it clear that he had no intentions at all, and agreeable as he was, she did not mean to be unhappy about him.
I read this as meaning she is flattered by the Colonel's attentions even though she is not in love with him. She knows he will not (cannot) propose, and she isn't going to be upset by that. She is not above wanting to continue the relationship as long as possible, however.
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