Quick Index Board Index Home FAQ Site Map
|What do you think Darcy was worried about, exactly?
Written by Kathi
(1/31/2004 7:26 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Bingleys and Darcys., penned by Mandy N
What exactly do you think Darcy worried about? We're told that she and Mrs. Hurst were capable of being pleasing when they chose, and I imagine Caroline would go out of her way to treat Georgiana nicely. He may be an amiable sort of person, but I don't think Bingley would tolerate any disrespect to his wife (any more than he would allow conversation to replace dancing at his ball), and Caroline would not want to alienate Darcy by being anything but nice to his sister.
] For instance, (Ch.10); Darcy is writing to his sister, Caroline asks Darcy to 'tell your sister I long to see her.' Darcy replies 'I have told her so once, by your desire'. I interpret that to mean Darcy wouldn't normally mention Caroline Bingley in a letter to his sister, certainly not twice!
I think he just sounds a little annoyed by being interrupted while he's trying to write a letter. (Caroline probably interrupted him the first time to ask him to tell Georgiana she longs to see her.) However, even if he wouldn't normally mention Caroline in his letter to his sister, I don't think that that's really evidence that Darcy "intensely dislikes" Caroline.
] As for Darcy's dislike of Caroline, I think this is demonstrated in Ch.6 when Lizzy declines to dance with Darcy and Caroline comes upon him with the comment he must be considering 'how insupportable it would be to pass many evenings in this manner-in such society; and indeed I am of your opinion...' He contidicts her with the remark 'I have been mediating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow' His reply astonishes her. I wonder if it was because she expected him to say her eyes or because it was Eliza Bennet?
I imagine she did expect him to say it was her eyes he was admiring -- and I suspect Darcy knew that was what she was expecting, and he enjoyed yanking her chain. However, again, he may get a little annoyed about her fishing for compliments or her blatant maneuvering, but I just can't see "intense dislike" there. In fact, they shared some of the same attitudes, like the undesirablity of connections in Cheapside, and he was apparently perfectly happy to conspire with her to remove Bingley from Jane's sphere of influence. Darcy may not want to marry Caroline, he may not even like her much, and he may sometimes get annoyed by her attempts to draw his attention to herself, but I can't see intense dislike there.
] (In P&P2 in this scene Anna Chancellor does a great eye rolling act!)
I agree -- I think Anna Chancellor is a wonderful Caroline.
] I know Caroline likes to imply she is intimate with Darcy yet she hardly understands him. He is far more complex than she realizes.
Yes, I think that's true.
] Generally, Darcy only speaks to her when she speaks to him first and tolerates her presence at best for Charles'sake...
I think there are times when we aren't given dialogue when he is more "chatty" with her, such as the Assembley post-mortem. I expect they agreed on how unlovely, unfashionable, and uninteresting the locals were.
] Now if Caroline were to make a grand marriage that meant her residing most of her time in the Scottish Highlands or Cornwall, I wonder if that would throw a different light on it? ;)
What different light? I'm sorry, but I don't see the point you're making.
Groupread is maintained by Myretta with WebBBS 3.21.