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Written by Mrs. Van Dunk
(4/30/2007 10:53 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Maybe Darcy should've stayed at Netherfield. ;-), penned by Mandy N
I think we need to not jump to conclusions regarding these first impressions of Mr. Darcy. I believe that JA is intentionally leading us to the same assumptions as Elizabeth (it is from her standpoint).
It is clear from JA that Mr. Darcy is Mr. Bingley’s opposite, where Mr. Bingley is sociable Mr. Darcy is reserved. He is Mr. Bingley’s friend and a well respected friend. As Mr. Bingley is immediately set up as an affable and likeable character it should be assumed that he could not possibly be friends with one who is not congenial or ungentlemanly.
Mr. Darcy comes from a completely different background than the people of Meryton and as such is uncomfortable in this situation. As for Mr. Darcy’s apparently rude behavior I think he is setting up a barrier for himself, people cannot approach you or hurt you if you avoid them altogether. I do not think he thinks of himself, at this point, to be acting badly. This does not completely clear him of wrongdoing, however, as his remarks about Elizabeth are inexcusable and downright offensive and hurtful.
As for the fortune hunting, are we forgetting the very first lines of Chapter One? The reason Mr. Bingley is the talk of Meryton is because he is young, single, and rich. Mrs. Bennet herself wants to marry one of her daughters to him as I am assuming do Lady Lucas and Mrs. Long.
The idea of Mr. Darcy staying at Netherfield is preposterous. He is there for his friend and perhaps wants to experience the neighborhood and get a sense of its people in which his friend is planning on settling to better advise him.
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