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|Or great porridge for thought.... ;)
Written by Arnie Perlstein
(5/2/2007 4:14 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Funny..., penned by Robbin
That's the beauty of this sort of close reading in a group--it forces each of us to go back to the text in order to justify our "first impressions"--and as is so often the case with P&P, there was material in the text that is relevant to the question.
One of the astonish achievements of P&P is how often JA successfull y created character motivational points and implied answers without being explicit. It's unthinkable for JA to have been heavy handed, and written something like "Lizzy was sensitive to being perceived as chasing Darcy so she did x"--instead, she creates a web of situational factors that make it seem very likely that this was why Lizzy did x. The ultimate in showing and not telling.
Actually, when JA's narrator (seems to) tell us something, that's often the moment when we ought to check our pockets, so to speak, and make sure we're not being led (or should i say, leading ourselves) down a garden path strewn with little petals from the irony flower. ;)
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