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Written by Karen Marija
(2/2/2004 12:24 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mitigating his behavior, penned by Kathi
I think Darcy is overstating his case not necessarily because he thinks it will benefit him, but simply because he is upset. The impression I get is that he's stung by being refused, and so he is puffed up with his own importance and is determined to see himself as right. Elizabeth can't reconcile her feelings with what Darcy has written at this time, and likewise Darcy can't truly appreciate what Elizabeth said to him the night before. To me, the letter almost smacks of, "who is he trying to convince?"
How upset is he?
Darcy himself describes how he felt while writing, but that statement comes later in the book.
According to his own account, Darcy expressed that judgement strongly.
Again, I think you are taking Darcy at face value, but I believe there is reason to doubt that Darcy can describe himself and his actions/motivations with clarity and without some prejudice.
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