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Written by BarbaraB
(2/22/2004 9:38 p.m.)
1. I was suprised at some of the language. I would have thought some of the expressions used were more modern than Regency England. Two examples would be, first, when Mrs. Bennet says 'hang, Kitty'. I believe this is when Bingley shows up early one morning before they are dressed. The second would be the reference to Darcy possibly *shrugging his shoulders* from the following quote:
"He could even listen to Sir William Lucas, when he complimented him on carrying away the brightest jewel of the country, and expressed his hopes of their all meeting frequently at St. James's, with very decent composure. If he did shrug his shoulders, it was not till Sir William was out of sight."
2. In chapter 58, when Lizzy tells Darcy that her sentiments have undergone a material change, it follows with "Had Elizabeth been able to encounter his eye, she might have seen how well the expression of heart-felt-delight, diffused his (Darcy's) face, became him..." It is ashamed Lizzy missed this. I imagine it to be along the lines of 'the look' but possibly a bit more animated. Every woman should have a man look at her like this at least once in her life and Lizzy missed it. Hopefully it will be repeated. ;-)
3. JA gives us some wonderful parting irony:
a. Someone mentioned Caroline's affectionate but insincere letter to Jane. So ironic that Jane will now be Caroline's sister, so to speak. LOL, no more references to Cheapside I'm sure! :-)
b. Jane's indifference: "Would you believe it, Lizzy, that when he (Bingley) went away last November, he really loved me, and nothing but a persuasion of *my* being indifferent, would have prevented his coming down again." Who would have thought that Charlotte's unromantic/get-your-man-at-all-costs sensibilities seems to have been right in this case---Jane was far too demure in her feelings for Bingley. But for that fateful meeting at Pemberley... I do hope that she and Bingley will fare well as they both are so sweet and thereby susceptible. Although, Mrs. Bennet was even too much for their sweet natures (they moved as a result didn't they?) so it seems they are learning so it I believe they will do fine after all: a little piece of lemon in a sweet cup of tea makes it perfect IMHO. ;-)
c. Mr. Collins's gloating/disparagement: IMO because Lizzy refused him, Mr. Collins was gloating somewhat after he found himself happily situated in his marriage to Charlotte. Oh it was all done in an understated and proper manner, :=), a vague allusion, some showing off of his comfortable home as well as his association with Lady C. Not only that, in a letter to Mr. B., he alluded to the fact that none of his daughters would marry well because of Lydia. I hope his toes-ies taste good because he certainly put his foot in his mouth though he doesn't seem to notice---so like Mr. Collins.
d. Lady Catherine who had control over all things great and small, in the end, could not control Darcy and Lizzy making null and void one of greatest desires.
4. My focus was on the theme of art and nature in relation to P&P. In order to keep it from being tediously long I figured the best way to present it would be to give the background information in two separate posts and another post to show how it relates to the characters. I did not feel I had the time to do it justice during this GR. However, I hope at a later date, to post it on the P&P board.
5. Finally, Best Wishes to Bingley & Jane/Darcy & Lizzy. :-)
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