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Written by BarbaraB
(2/18/2004 8:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, That sounds quite plausible, penned by kathleen (elder)
I always thought, and perhaps wrongly so, that Darcy takes the blame because the upper circles counted on each other to keep undesirables out and Darcy felt he had neglected to do this. I can see that he wanted to keep any connection with Georgiana private but he could have, if even through Bingley, let the Merryton community know of Wickham's other intrigues, so to speak. I am wondering if Darcy's general prejudice of country townsfolk influenced his decision somewhat to keep quiet. In other words, maybe he didn't see any reason to put himself out for them. Though more unlikely, I have wondered, too, if his respect for Wickham's father and a kind of brotherly association with Wickham when growing up might have played on his sense of loyalty although the Georgiana incident might have left him feeling that any loyalty would be canceled. Finally, maybe it was an abundance of pride which blinded him to the fact that the Merryton residents were not as savvy as someone such as himself to the charms of a really good con man. Just some thoughts and, yes, I think Torie Marie's words are quite plausible. Whenever I watch that scene in PP2, I have felt Darcy truely seems to be taking the blame she places on herself to heart. While he is watching her angst and self-recriminations, I get the feeling he is making the decision on the spot to accept responsibility and try to rectify the situation for her. Even if he never gets to marry her, he loves her still and does not want to see her suffer such ruin. :-)
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