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Written by Chandra S
(2/2/2004 1:28 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mitigating his behavior, penned by Kathi
]How upset is he? In P&P2, we see him returning to Rosings Park immediately to write the letter. I can't find the passage now, but I seem to remember that there was something in Chapter 34 or 35 that indicated that he did not write the letter until morning.
You are correct. AD changed the wording of the letter. In the book, Darcy assures Lizzy that the letter did not contain any more declarations of love "which last night were so abhorrent to you." In P&P2, the wording is, "which this evening were so abhorrent..."
As big of a shock as Lizzy's refusal was, though, and as upset as he was by her accusations, I don't think that one night's worth of "sleeping on it" would have made a significant difference in his emotional state. I do agree with you that the extra time may have given him a chance to organize his thoughts and present his defense more clearly.
As many times as I have read/watched this, I can honestly say that I never noticed that timing difference until this GR. From this I can only conclude that, at least to me, Darcy's strongly emotional state and his consequent strong wording made perfect sense to me either way: written in the heat of the moment, or written after a night of brooding.
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