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|Would Darcy would have let Charlotte know?
Written by kathleen (elder)
(2/1/2004 7:23 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Charlotte's hopes were answered, penned by Diane Margaret
I am sure that Charlotte would have been thrilled for Elizabeth if she thought Darcy was going to the parsonage with those intentions. But I doubt that Darcy would indicate any such thing. Since it doesn't appear that Charlotte knew that Darcy had called (there were no questions asked of Elizabeth, e.g.), I assume that Darcy's destination when he left Rosings (or left the drawing room?) was unknown to the others. Is there something in the text that leads you to believe otherwise?
Since JA doesn't tell us anything about the conversation at Rosings when the Collinses and Maria arrived for the evening, we can only speculate in any case. I don't see that Darcy came to the parsonage with any intent to get Elizabeth medical assistance. In my opinion he used her being alone as an excuse to see her and propose -- though I suspect he tried to argue himself out of that action up until the moment he began.
]When there is text which tells us that Mr. Collins is fearful of Lady C.'s reaction but no text which says that Charlotte spoke to either Darcy or the Col. surreptitiously why should we?
I was merely speculating that one of the gentlemen, if worried about Elizabeth, could have talked to Charlotte -- have you never felt like speculating about actions not explicitly described in the novel? :-) As far as speculation goes, we have no evidence that Mr Collins exaggerated Elizabeth's illness, and no evidence that Darcy went to the parsonage with any desire of getting medical help. What we do know is that Elizabeth stayed at the parsonage and Darcy visited her and proposed.
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