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Written by Susan L
(5/3/2007 8:33 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy's well-earned negative reputation, penned by Kathi
If my read from the commencement of the novel is to be a reading without knowledge of the rest of the novel then I believe it is too early to render an opinion on Darcy... and here I use an argument of Lizzy's to support my view. Lizzy tells Charlotte that the time Jane and Bingley have spent together is too soon for Jane to have determined what sort of man Bingley is and whether she loves him; so I am not prepared to make up my mind regarding Darcy as yet.
Yes Darcy considers himself above his company, yes he's unhappy he's been proved wrong about his first impression of Lizzy but none of these are hanging offences. But the worst sin so far he seems accused of is being incredibly rude and full of himself (that is, full of pride and prejudice). And we have Lizzy herself agreeing that Darcy has much to be proud of and if it weren't for the fact he touched her pride (paraphrasing) she leave him to it.
I believe that making my mind up at this stage regarding Darcy would be to not only place myself in the shoes of Lizzy as the heroine by identifying with her, but also to allow everything said about him to be influenced by a negative view. This approach involves me holding a prejudice against Darcy that renders any positive behaviours and attributes he holds harder to discern as a result of those prejudices. And this has been the case in all my previous readings of the novel.
So I hope that not adopting the prejudices of others against Darcy, in viewing him more dispassionately so that I can view any good and bad points at this point in the novel, that I will be able to follow what is happening between Lizzy and Darcy more clearly, and to understand the novel better.
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