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|Ease is relative
Written by Joanmarie
(1/30/2004 10:06 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Distances and time, penned by Johanna Elisabet
This exchange reveals more about Darcy than he knows. He is feeling Lizzy out with his provocative statements:
"It must be very agreeable to her to be settled within so easy a distance of her own family and friends."
"An easy distance, do you call it? It is nearly fifty miles."
"And what is fifty miles of good road? Little more than half a day's journey. Yes, I call it a very easy distance."
"I should never have considered the distance as one of the advantages of the match," cried Elizabeth. "I should never have said Mrs. Collins was settled near her family."
Darcy is in both discovery and selling mode here.
"It is a proof of your own attachment to Hertfordshire. Anything beyond the very neighbourhood of Longbourn, I suppose, would appear far."
As he spoke there was a sort of smile which Elizabeth fancied she understood;
Which she did not. Lizzy assuming the bride would be Jane, not herself.
And yes, Darcy’s notion of ease is colored by his experiences traveling as a wealthy individual who can afford comfort.
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