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|A case against Darcy
Written by Jeanine
(1/19/2004 2:34 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Elizabeth's pride, penned by Julianne E.
]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."
I always felt that Elizabeth was aware of Darcy from the beginning - that there was a "chemistry" between the two, though neither was fully aware at first and both tried to fight it as it developed. Elizabeth went out of her way to find a case to dislike Darcy almost at all costs - she knew where he was and most of the time what his expressions were. She cared enough about his opinion of her to be embarrassed for her family.
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