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Written by Tiffany Lynn
(4/30/2007 5:34 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy is afraid of being hurt?, penned by Robbin
I do agree that there is no evidence that Darcy's actions and attitude had anything to do with him not wanting to be hurt. If Elizabeth was "not handsome enough to tempt" him (ch. 3), then presumably no one besides maybe Jane would be tempting. Therefore, no one would be able to get close enough in the first place to hurt him. IMO, he probably thought it inconceivable that any woman, let alone a woman from the country, would be able to hurt him.
On the other point, that Darcy was fooling Bingley, I would have to disagree. He would be capable of fooling someone, as he's described as clever, but to what gain? One usually only uses deception when he wants something that he can't have with the truth. Does Darcy need Bingley's friendship? I didn't get that when reading the chapters. Darcy was probably genuinely kind and agreeable around Bingley and any other friends, but just not around strangers (which can usually excusable) and especially those of lower social status (which can be excusable if b/c of having little in common, but definitely does not excuse rude comments like those made about Elizabeth).
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