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|Why is Mr. Darcy mortified?
Written by Marilynn
(5/1/2007 10:05 a.m.)
"Mr. Darcy had at first scarcely allowed her to be pretty; he had looked at her without admiration at the ball; and when they next met, he looked at her only to criticise. But no sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she had hardly a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes. To this discovery succeeded some others equally mortifying. Though he had detected with a critical eye more than one failure of perfect symmetry in her form, he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing; and in spite of his asserting that her manners were not those of the fashionable world, he was caught by their easy playfulness."
Is he mortified that he did not allow himself to be more open and more civil at the Assembly in Meryton and perhaps have gotten off to a better footing with Elizabeth or is it his growing interest in a person below his social standing?
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