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Written by LauraG
(4/29/2007 2:23 p.m.)
There is a hint of truth in this line by Mr. Bennet, even though he meant it in a teasing manner. Is this a little foreshadowing? The neighborhood's opinion of Mr. Darcy is fixed after just a few hours at the assembly.
I think that Miss Bingley is correct in a part of her estimation of Elizabeth's character, "a mixture of pride and impertinence", but this is stated after an acquaintance of longer than a fortnight.
Elizabeth has formed hasty opinions of the Netherfield group at the assembly and then feels certain of her opinions based upon their treatment of herself while Jane is ill. Ch 8 She had very little notice from any but him (Bingley) Then in Ch 9 Elizabeth says that "But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever."
Is Elizabeth truly a studier of character? Should any of her opinions be considered valid if she is basing them upon her mortified pride?
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