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Written by Jo Y
(2/16/2004 6:40 a.m.)
I love the conversation between Lizzy & Wickham (Ch 52) at Longbourn after Lizzy has been contemplating her letter from Aunt G and he interrupts her. She handles him with such maturity, grace and dignity, but puts him right in his place. Wickham is such a fool - so lost in his own ego that he just doesn't see that Lizzy understands him perfectly. In P&P2 I especially love the way they handled the scene when Lizzy answers him about seeing Darcy in London - W just can't help himself, can he! - AD has her say "Perhaps preparing for THE marriage" then that fantastic pause when W looks at her with some distress; perhaps momentarily wondering if she does know the truth, and she finishes "... to Miss de Bourgh." Love it! He completely misses all the subtle implications in her clever responses. On he blunders, introducing Pemberley, Darcy, Georgiana and Kympton, with his own spin of course! I wonder, does he think he impresses Lizzy with the "I'd love to be a country vicar" act! Even though Ch 53 starts with W being "perfectly satisfied" with his conversation with Lizzy, she had pleasure in knowing that she had handled it so cleverly that he kept quiet. Not bad given his propensity to share his "woe is me" story with anyone with ears! Lizzy's assertiveness and wit are tempered with such grace and dignity; her ability to judge people has also matured - she got Darcy so wrong in the beginning and understood W and Darcy perfectly in the end. It's why she is my favourite female literary character (she and Darcy also end up together which is the perfect end!).
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