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|In Darcy's defense
Written by Tiffany Lynn
(4/29/2007 12:55 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think it was......, penned by Jen S
Though I agree that Darcy has a pride issue, I at the same time believe the towns people were to quick to judge him. I can sympathize with Darcy. It is difficult to be in a situation where you don't have much in common with others around you. What would Darcy talk about with the Meryton people? Most probably did not read as much as him, they probably didn't attend the opera in London, most didn't run a large estate. These are what Darcy knows. I suppose he could have talked about the weather or the dance, but the first is boring and the latter he disliked. Sometimes in these situations it is easier to hide in the background.
I can understand why Bingley would be friends with Darcy. First, "he is remarkably agreeable" with intimate acquaintances (ch. 5), so Darcy would have no problem conversing and socializing with Bingley. And second, Bingley is new at being in charge of an estate and Darcy's experience and help would be beneficial.
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