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Written by Julianne E.
(1/19/2004 10:02 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Happenstance and noticing Elizabeth's qualities, penned by kathleen (elder)
]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.
This makes me think of a topic I wanted to bring up. I think Elizabeth is actually afraid of liking Darcy at this point. At the Netherfield ball, Charlotte tries to tell Elizabeth to be nicer to Darcy, adding, "I dare say you will find him very agreeable." Elizabeth answers, "Heaven forbid! -- That would be the greatest misfortune of all! -- To find a man agreeable whom one is determined to hate! -- Do not wish me such an evil."
Her pride seems to make her stick to her original opinion of Darcy rather than admit that he may have some redeemable qualities.
I hope this isn't switching gears too much; if I should start a new thread, let me know.
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