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|Darcy is afraid of being hurt?
Written by Robbin
(4/30/2007 12:21 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Hmmm, penned by Mrs. Van Dunk
Between him and Darcy there was a very steady friendship, in spite of a great opposition of character. Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, and ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied. (Chapter 4)
Why should it be assumed Darcy is good because Bingley is good? The text explicitly says they are different in disposition and character which does not lend itself to the assumption that Darcy and Bingley are alike. Why should it be assumed Bingley could not be friends with a person who is not congenial and gentlemanly? What proves to you that this is indeed the case? Is not the exact opposite clear in the text—that Darcy behaves in a manner that is not congenial or gentlemanly at the assembly ball and that he is indeed Bingley’s friend? At this point how can we assume ductile Bingley could not be fooled by a bad person?
"Which do you mean?" and turning round, he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said, "She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me." (Chapter 3)
What evidence do you see in the text that Darcy is afraid of being hurt by other people? He is not afraid to disparage a particular lady and a whole group of people he has refused to become acquainted with. He disparages Lizzy after meeting her eye and speaks loud enough for her to hear and apparently not caring if she does. This does not speak of a man afraid of the fortune hunting ladies which may be in his vicinity but one who is not afraid and easily puts one in her place despite the fact she committed no offense. ;D
Although Mandy was joking about Darcy not attending the assembly ball I would not go so far to call the idea preposterous. I can think of a number of scenarios in which it would be acceptable. However, I happen to agree with you that Darcy went for Bingley’s sake. ;D
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