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|Poetry as the food of love
Written by Julianne E.
(1/14/2004 6:49 p.m.)
I've always liked the conversation concerning poetry in Chapter 9, when Darcy says,"I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love," and Elizabeth answers,"Of a fine, stout, healthy love it may. Everything nourishes what is strong already. But if it be only a slight, thin sort of inclination, I am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away."
It seems that this little passage sums up the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth at this point. Without being aware of it, Elizabeth is attracting Darcy more and more by everything she does, and it's beyond his control once he starts liking her.
On the other hand, the more Miss Bingley tries to get his attention, the less he seems interested in what she has to say!
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