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Written by BarbaraB
(4/29/2007 10:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Are we perhaps to quick to judge, as readers,, penned by Susan L
I think this is it in a nutshell. JA has already set us up to think well of Jane and, Lizzy in particular, whose point of view we mainly relate to in the story. I think JA is leading us to do exactly as you say, come to the same conclusion as the people of Meryton. My first inclination, as already stated, was to feel the community rushed to think a bit too harshly. I had actually written this in my earlier post. I try not to make rash judgements on discourteous behavior up to a point on first meetings or on a single random meeting of people I already know because they might be having a bad day or something. Then I stopped to think it over and realized that Darcy's statement against Lizzy is the clincher: in my opinion, it is unnecessarily contemptuous, almost over the top when a simple, "I'm not interested in dancing" would have sufficed. Instead:
Your sisters are engaged and there is not another woman in the room, whom it would not be a punishment to me to stand up with and then coldly: She [Lizzy] is not handsome enough to tempt me and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who have been slighted by other men.
He is, himself, harsh I feel and is made to be so on purpose by the author I think. Any one of the characters could have been chosen to overhear this but I think Lizzy is selected because, though she could have kept this to herself as no one else knows, she has been given the personality traits that are wont to repeat it and to do so with relish which dull some kind of ogre but instead as someone overly smitten with his opinion of himslef. As I cna't persue my views on this to the full extent I will try to remember to ask later in the group read if, as readers, thinking better of Darcy than Meryton does, affects the development of the plot down the line. You posed a good question, though, (really liked it as I was thinking along the same lines myself) and I would love to hear what you and others think later. BTHW, this can be taken to be just my personal opinion. :)
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