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|A mature recognition of the beginnings
Written by kathleen (elder)
(2/11/2004 5:51 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Elizabeth's feelings for Darcy, penned by Line
] These are all still fairly lukewarm adjectives, and she is still trying to decide whether they would be happy together if she agreed to marry him - not the attitude of a woman secretly in love, IMO! Her attitude towards Darcy is changing, but it's not the real thing yet!
Elizabeth realizes that she is now attracted to Darcy, for all the right reasons -- esteem & gratitude, for example. I don't know if I would call the adjectives lukewarm, but they are not passionate, certainly. Lydia would tell Elizabeth that she must not care a fig for Mr Darcy if gratitude & esteem are her principal feelings.
Elizabeth doesn't decide that she will marry him just for these reasons, however, but she wants to determine whether they can be happy together. A very sensible outlook (if beginning to fall in love can ever be said to be sensible). Elizabeth's reasoning shows maturity -- she is/has grown up, and is ready to embark on an adult life. :-)
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