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|Are we perhaps to quick to judge, as readers,
Written by Susan L
(4/29/2007 9:02 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think it was......, penned by Jen S
based on our first impressions of how the people of Meryton view Darcy based on half an evening's acquaintance. To me this is far too quick a period of time to actually judge somebody .. it can take months to begin to understand another person.
I accept all the arguments regarding Darcy's rudeness and behaviour towards others. But the interesting thing to me that seems to be overlooked is the high regard that Bingley, a man we like and respect has Darcy as a great friend. And I don't think that this is down to Bingley's affability .. I think Bingley genuinely admired and respected Darcy. So why do we take the word of the people of Meryton, at the beginning of the novel, who don't know Darcy and give him the benefit of the doubt based on the respect and friendship of a man everybody likes.
And again, it's because we are given so much information by the narrator that we accept that first impression, as do the people of Meryton, and continue reading.
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