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Written by Line
(2/8/2004 5:27 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Hmm, I read it differently, penned by kathleen (elder)
This passage in ch. 45 is a little complicated to follow, but I'm sure that it's the ON (not Elizabeth) saying that one of the reasons Darcy was so "concerned" about Bingley's feelings for Jane was that he wanted his friend to marry Georgiana.
The trouble with this passage is that it switches from Elizabeth's POV to the ON's POV in mid-paragraph, with no warning. We have:
While she spoke, an involuntary glance shewed her Darcy, with an heightened complexion, earnestly looking at her... (obviously Elizabeth's POV). But then, the next sentence says: Had Miss Bingley known what pain she was then giving her beloved friend, she undoubtedly would have refrained from the hint. Here we suddenly switch to the ON - how could Elizabeth know for sure that Miss Bingley would have refrained from speaking if she had known Georgiana's feelings? Then, a little further on: Not a syllable had ever reached [Caroline Bingley] of Miss Darcy's meditated elopement. To no creature had it been revealed, where secresy was possible, except to Elizabeth; and from all Bingley's connexions [Georgiana's] brother was particularly anxious to conceal it. How could Elizabeth be certain that no one except herself knew anything about Georgiana's elopement? To me, this is obviously the ON speaking.
To give Darcy his due, though, the ON also says that Darcy didn't mean his plan for Bingley to marry Georgiana to affect his attempt to separate Bingley from Jane, so he didn't do it consciously (this is all very subtle, and JA uses subtle language to describe it). IMO, if Darcy were to realize that his "impartial" decision wasn't so impartial after all, he would be taken aback and ashamed of himself.
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