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Written by Katie R
(2/12/2004 7:17 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Jane still harmed, penned by Mia I.
I think this is a difficult time for Lizzy. So much has happened to her and her ackwardness around Darcy is at its greatest with regards to the refused marriage proposal, regrets about her own and her family's bad behaviour and his knowledge of lydia's elopement. She feels so much for him but has been so humbled and embarassed and she is very aware of Darcy's ridiculing eye; she constantly fears him judging her. Allowing herself to become ardently in love is beyond her when she has no peace of mind, no confidence. Darcy had his confidence when he declared his feelings - he expected she would have a high respect for him and would accept his proposal. When the turmoil Lizzy is in dies down then she can get swept away by feelings.
As for the vanity point, I disagree - I dont see it as a motive for love. Vanity was the motive for her attraction to Wickham but not with Darcy. I think she just fully appreciates what he is. She places more value on his love because she sees how respected and virtuous he is. I see her as actually humbled by him. She has lost her self-importance - she no longer thinks herself good enough for anyone - instead she is grateful for his love.
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