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|She smiles too much?
Written by Tori Marie
(1/12/2004 12:37 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Smiles, penned by Vanessa M
Do you think it's possible that this remark of Darcy's about Jane smiling too much is a Regency-era fashion issue? Could smiling so much of the time be considered out-of-style, countrified or somehow lower-class than what Darcy sees in London? Or could too much smiling be simply annoying, in the way in which some people find excessive perkiness annoying nowadays?
If this were the case, Darcy's comment about Jane would then be not only a remark on her beauty, but also on her standing in society. ("She is handsome, I suppose, but not fashionable enough to tempt me."?)
I admit that I have no facts whatsoever to back this up--it was just an idea I had in thinking about why Darcy would say Jane smiles too much. But I like it to well to dismiss it without mention. ;-)
Apart from this, what do you think JA is telling us about Darcy by having him say this line? What do we think of a man who can see a beautiful young woman, one who is seen as all goodness and light and say that she smiles too much? For my part, it adds to the ill opinion I formed of him when he slighted Lizzy at the Assembly.
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