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|Happenstance and noticing Elizabeth's qualities
Written by kathleen (elder)
(1/19/2004 7:56 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Her curiosity, penned by Nasima
Wickham ended up at a card table between Lydia & Elizabeth -- and that could have been Lydia's maneuvering as much as Wickham. Lydia was very involved with the game, which gave Elizabeth & Wickham leisure to talk. I don't know if Wickham necessarily singled out Elizabeth for the details about Darcy; he might have asked one of the other Bennet girls if had been seated by them and they had leisure to talk. So part of it is just happenstance It is certainly possible that he noticed that Elizabeth actually saw his reaction when he met Darcy, however, and thought she would be the best person with whom to test the waters, so to speak.
] or did he notice from Darcy's eyes that he cares about her and tries to take her in his side as soon as possible before Darcy does so.
I don't think Darcy's admiration for Elizabeth would have been apparent enough for Wickham to notice it. There would not have been enough time, since Wickham & Darcy saw each other and reacted so quickly -- after that, I don't imagine Darcy even looked at Elizabeth, and the narrator tells us that he was trying not to look at her before he saw Wickham.
] Also I wonder why Lizzy is so curiose to hear about Mr. Darcy from him. I think inside her heart she cares about Darcy more than W whom she knew for a very short time.
I agree with Diane Margaret on this one: Elizabeth wants information about Darcy that might confirm her prejudice against him. While she does not yet know Wickham, she does know Darcy and she does not like him. I see absolutely no evidence in the text that she has any positive feelings for Darcy at all.
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