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Written by Kathi
(2/1/2004 9:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chapter 35:Darcy's soliloquy or is it a monologue?, penned by Tara O'Donnell
] He's declaring himself to be merely heard,for deceny's sake,not backing down on his original positions and yet,does acknowledge Lizzie's feelings and asks her to be fair,which is somewhat considerate and a little less arrogant.
Just a little less arrogant. Not much. He is still very demanding, something that was a serious violation of Regency era etiquette. When a gentleman was turned down, he was supposed to take no for an answer.
] After he explains why he felt it was necessary to dissuade Bingley from Jane(some of which gives a hint of Darcy's full proposal to Lizzie about her family's"situation"),he shows some regret in keeping Bingley away from Jane openly.
But the only reason he regrets it that it involved deception that was beneath him. He says the does not see that he has any other apology to make, so he still does not see that he did anything wrong, even after learning that he was wrong about Jane (something he seems to have a hard time fully admitting).
] I do believe Darcy is sincere in not intentioning to hurt Jane(can't say the same for Miss Bingley!)but his regret is mainly due to being sneaky about Jane's stay in London.
He may not have intended Jane to be hurt, but I suspect that even if he had known Jane would be hurt, he would have separated Bingley from her anyway, because of the evils of the connection with the Bennet family.
] Now,is that a dramatic statement or what?! It also shows how Darcy really respects Lizzie in having no doubts about her spreading the story of his sister's near elopement with Wickam.
He is putting a great deal of faith in Lizzy's good character here.
] All in all,Darcy gets center stage here and while he is very prideful,you get to see abit beyond that as some of his emotions slip thru.
But the pride still seems to be uppermost.
It is not until the last line that he really seems to soften toward Lizzy. Perhaps he has gotten some of his anger and indignation out of his system, and he is reminded of what it was that made him propose in the first place.
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