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|Emphasizing the shortness of the time?
Written by Kathi
(2/7/2004 6:10 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, But what about the word "not"?, penned by B. Michelle
True, but I think if it had been significantly less, say, a week, she would not have used "month." Also, she tells Wickham that Darcy had been there about a month, so it could have been a little less. It think she uses the expression "not known you a month" to emphasize the relative shortness of the time.
] I do agree, however, that had his behavior been more cordial, she might not have believe Wickham so absolutly. Though, if she had spoken well about Darcy ("He is a very polite,gentlemanly young man..."), I doubt that he would have said anything about his "ill-treatment" at Darcy's hands. Notice that Wickham goes fishing for information about her feelings on Darcy before he says anything.
I've noticed that about Wickham as well. He sounds her out about her opinion of Darcy before launching into his tale of woe. It seems to be part of his strategy to find out whether the ground is fertile before he tries planting seeds.
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