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|The atmosphere at Pemberley
Written by JulieW
(2/4/2004 6:28 a.m.)
I love the atmosphere created by JA and the oportunity to get to know Darcy better,especially as this is the first time we have met him in control.Whenever we avae met him before he was a guest ,and so this gives us the opportunity to know the "real" man.The host and master of his great estate.
I love the servants reaction to him. Mrs Reynolds is a brilliant character.I often wonder if JA based her on the famous houskeeper at Kedelston Hall in Derbyshire, Mrs Garnett.( see link below)She plays such am important part in relating important details to us about Darcy's character.He is a good and generous brother, a man who keeps his temper with servants(even the talkative Mrs Reyonlds!),a good landlord;
The commendation bestowed on him by Mrs. Reynolds was of no trifling nature. What praise is more valuable than the praise of an intelligent servant? As a brother, a landlord, a master, she considered how many people's happiness were in his guardianship! -- how much of pleasure or pain it was in his power to bestow! -- how much of good or evil must be done by him! Every idea that had been brought forward by the housekeeper was favourable to his character, and as she stood before the canvas, on which he was represented, and fixed his eyes upon herself, she thought of his regard with a deeper sentiment of gratitude than it had ever raised before; she remembered its warmth, and softened its impropriety of expression.
Frankly I am not surprised Elizabeth appears to begin to thaw at this point.........
I love the language JA uses when describing the grounds;
Its banks were neither formal nor falsely adorned
They crossed it by a simple bridge, in character with the general air of the scene; it was a spot less adorned than any they had yet visited; and the valley, here contracted into a glen, allowed room only for the stream and a narrow walk amidst the rough coppice-wood which bordered it. Elizabeth longed to explore its windings;
To me they describe Darcy too;here at Pemberley he is neither formal or falsley adorned, he is acting in asimple and unaffected manner.He is at his most sympathetic here at Pemberley .Here, relaxed and in command he can reveal some of his true self to Eliabeth
|Mrs Garnett of Kedleston HAll|
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