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|Lizzy & Charlotte in Chapter 6
Written by Robbin
(5/1/2007 11:56 p.m.)
On his approaching them soon afterwards, though without seeming to have any intention of speaking, Miss Lucas defied her friend to mention such a subject to him; which immediately provoking Elizabeth to do it, she turned to him and said --
"Did not you think, Mr. Darcy, that I expressed myself uncommonly well just now, when I was teazing Colonel Forster to give us a ball at Meryton?"
"With great energy; but it is a subject which always makes a lady energetic."
"You are severe on us."
"It will be her turn soon to be teazed," said Miss Lucas. "I am going to open the instrument, Eliza, and you know what follows."
“You are a very strange creature by way of a friend! -- always wanting me to play and sing before anybody and everybody! If my vanity had taken a musical turn, you would have been invaluable; but as it is, I would really rather not sit down before those who must be in the habit of hearing the very best performers." On Miss Lucas's persevering, however, she added, "Very well; if it must be so, it must." And gravely glancing at Mr. Darcy, "There is a fine old saying, which everybody here is of course familiar with -- 'Keep your breath to cool your porridge' -- and I shall keep mine to swell my song." (Chapter 6)
I think in the chapters so far, despite being singled out by her father as having “something more of quickness than her sisters” Lizzy is shown to be a young lady, interested in many of the female topics that make young ladies energetic as Darcy would say. Lizzy is not above operating on her hat in or joining in the first tumult of joy when Mr. Bennett announced he had visited Bingley in Chapter 2 or ganging up with her mother and sisters against her father to discover the attractions of the mysterious Bingley in Chapter 3 or the necessity of talking over a ball in Chapter 5. Charlotte, at twenty-seven is also no stick in the mud and her relationship with Lizzy is both filled with teasing and laughter as well as seriousness such as the “showing more affection than she feels” conservation in Chapter 6. I particularly like the teasing banter between Lizzy and Charlotte at the party at Lucas Lodge in Chapter 6 and how Charlotte eggs Lizzy on in challenging Darcy. I also enjoyed Charlotte teasing Lizzy in Chapter 5 when she says, “Poor Eliza! To be only just tolerable.” I think this sort of teasing shows how close Lizzy and Charlotte are. After Darcy said she was only tolerable I can imagine Charlotte was the first friend she told the story to with great spirit. ;D
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