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Written by Chandra S
(1/19/2004 2:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sketching Mr. Darcy's character, penned by Julianne E.
at this point, that she has heard at least some version of Mr. Wickham's story. She tells him as much, when she tries to prick him with the comment about how Mr. W. has been unlucky enough to lose his good opinion....etc.
I have also always, groundlessly and for my own satisfaction only, assumed that the Meryton grapevine gave Darcy some clue after the assembly that the "not handsome enough to dance with" comment was overheard and made fun of. And he still doesn't know what to make of the few conversations he has had with Elizabeth, especially the ones at Netherfield during Jane's illness.
So, from his point of view, her character sketch would be based on the following views alone:
Based on this information alone, I fully believe he would know that any "picture" of his character that could be made would make him seem an unattractive model, and Elizabeth seem a harsh and unsympathetic artist. To continue the metaphor, he knows that she doesn't see him clearly enough to sketch him well, yet, and he would prefer that she not sketch him badly.
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