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|This is all very fascinating
Written by Katie R
(1/29/2004 8:02 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Too bad...., penned by BarbaraB
I have several questions/points to raise on this topic about the significance of the situation with the Colonel:
Did the Colonel have any idea about Darcy's feelings for Lizzy. I doubt they would have spoke about it but could the Colonel have noticed something in Darcy's behaviour? This could be a further reason for him to back off. Surely he could not be that poor that he could have no chance to marry her. Mrs Bennet mentions earlier Colonels earned 5,000 pounds a year (I keep in mind that Mrs Bennet has a tendency to exaggerate so this sum might be unrealistic) and though her may have no fortune surely this would be enough to live off. He could then be backing off to let Darcy pursue her - and this would of course, be a very amiable thing to do.
I think also that the Colonels attentions function to make Lizzy seem more sought after. Though it's never said, she appears the sort of girl that attracts many men. Although she is openly pursued by two men I get the impression there are plently of men who also would if they had the means to. I think by adding this situation with the Colonel suggests that Darcy is certainly not the first to appreciate and fall for her (which appears to be so at first glance). There is a moment in P&P2 where this is also made clear. When Lizzy is talking to Denny when she arrives at the ball her sisters come and drag him away. A young officer akwardly apologies to Lizzy for not being able to dance with both her sisters and bows deeply to her as he leaves. This interlude perfectly sums up desirablility. I think all this makes Lizzy's love for Darcy of more value - that many men (and not all of them foolish and unattractive) have pursued her and none of them have made her fall in love.
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