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|The (non-) dancing Darcy :-)
Written by kathleen (elder)
(1/17/2004 9:11 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, In a foul mood?, penned by Ann2
"I certainly shall not. You know how I detest it, unless I am particularly acquainted with my partner. At such an assembly as this it would be insupportable."
Then, at the party at Lucas Lodge, Sir William makes an attempt at small talk with Darcy. Darcy then says (about dancing):
"It is a compliment which I never pay to any place if I can avoid it."
So Darcy doesn't like to dance any time and/or any place. Maybe he danced the minimum number of dances with Bingley's sisters (at Meryton) only out of courtesy to his host. I wonder if he would have danced with any local girls at Meryton regardless of his mood?
As for Jane, he might have had a chance to dance with her sometime between the second and fifth sets (which she danced with Bingley), so if he fancied her at all, he could have shown it. Was he even introduced to Jane? The narrator says that he declined being introduced to any women. So he didn't seem too interested in Jane for himself though he noticed she was the prettiest woman in the room.
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