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Written by Cheryl
(4/30/2007 12:21 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy and Caroline Bingley, penned by Kat
Miss Bingley immediately fixed her eyes on his face, and desired he would tell her what lady had the credit of inspiring such reflections. Mr. Darcy replied with great intrepidity -- "Miss Elizabeth Bennet."
I love that phrase "great intrepidity" meaning fearless, courageous, dauntless. Darcy had no fear of Caroline's reaction, and in fact, Austen says a bit later on "He listened to her with perfect indifference while she chose to entertain herself in this manner" (ch 6)
Someone below said that Darcy not only didn't care what the people of Meryton thought but those of his own party as well. He doesn't give a rap what Caroline thinks of him - he is completely indifferent to her. Unfortunately, this only seems to encourage her - odd creature! "...as his composure convinced her that all was safe, her wit flowed long."
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