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Written by BarbaraB
(1/14/2004 11:06 p.m.)
I never noticed this before. One evening, after Lizzy waits for Jane to fall asleep, she goes down to the parlour when summoned for coffee. The Bingleys, Darcy and Lizzy get into a discussion about the accomplishments of women. Caroline is quite busy trying to earn brownie points with Darcy. Everything she says is an attempt to point out to Lizzy how she is so "in" with the Darcy clan, make herself look superior in comparison to Lizzy and suck up to Darcy in every possible way to the point where she is practically parroting him. JA actually refers to her as his faithful assistant! LOL. "Oh! certainly," cried his faithful assistant, "no one can be really esteemed accomplished, who..." As soon as Lizzy leaves the room, Caroline begins with her negative comments of Lizzy and Darcy zings her with one of his 'put downs'.
And, oh my, a bit later Caroline really gets carried away:
'I hope,' said she (Caroline), as they (Darcy and Caroline)were walking together in the shrubbery the next day, 'you will give your mother-in-law a few hints, when this desirable event takes place, as to the advantage of holding her tongue, and if you can compass it, do cure the younger girls of running after the officers.---And, if I may mention so delicate a subject, endeavour to check that little something, bordering on conceit and impertinence, which your lady possesses.'" Ouch. Caroline goes on for another paragraph in this manner. What gall. I guess you have to give her points for trying but it's rather sad to watch. To me she's actually demeaning herself and she doesn't even know it. And the more she goes on, the more it seems to conspire to make Darcy focus on the things he finds attractive about Lizzy.
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