Quick Index Board Index Home FAQ Site Map
|Darcy at his best and worst
Written by Kathi
(2/2/2004 3:58 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The end of the letter, penned by Geri-Lynn
One side is shown in his defense of his actions in separating Jane and Bingley. His description and defense of his actions does him no credit. He strongly enforced opinions about the relationship that were based on values that Bingley didn't share. When that did not have the desired effect, he consciously used Bingley's weaknesses against him and assured Bingley of something for which he (Darcy) had nothing but the flimsiest of evidence. And perhaps worst, he saw nothing at all wrong with any of that.
Another side is shown through his explanation of the Wickham situation. He tells Lizzy this story because his pride demands "justice," and yet another motivation is his concern that she might become involved with this dishonorable man. He tells Lizzy more than he probably has to, partly because he doesn't know what it was that Wickham said, but also probably becuase this will help Lizzy understand the situation and add versimilitude to his story. In doing so, he is putting his sister's good name in Lizzy's hands, but he even after her angry words, he has enough faith in her good character to do so.
And, as you say, the closing reveals the regard he still has for her. I wonder if this is a signal that Darcy is coming to truly appreciate Lizzy, one of the few women in England who would not have married him only for his money and social standing.
Groupread is maintained by Myretta with WebBBS 3.21.