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Written by Tara O'Donnell
(1/11/2004 9:11 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, several unrelated questions:, penned by Elizabeth S.
[When Mr. Darcy says that "to all this she must yet add something more substantial in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading," do you think he is making a dig at Caroline Bingley (and perhaps an indirect compliment to Elizabeth) since Caroline just made fun of Lizzy for reading? It always struck me as odd that he says this a page or two after Elizabeth picks a book and her choice is so commented upon?]
I do believe that his comment is directly at Caroline for two reasons;one,because she takes every opportunity to gain his attention and verbally abuse Lizzie and two,Darcy's comment is sort of a tipping of a hat to Lizzie for having a polite but forceful comeback for the reading jibe from Caroline.
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