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|Elizabeth's being taken by surprise
Written by Laraine
(5/3/2007 2:03 p.m.)
And yet, in Chapter 6, we are told, "Occupied in observing Mr. Bingley's attentions to her sister, Elizabeth was far from suspecting that she was herself becoming an object of some interest in the eyes of his friend."
Elizabeth doesn't miss that Mr. Darcy is paying attention to her, but she is being taken by surprise regarding the compliment he is paying her.
It's interesting that JA sets this up in the first few chapters--Lizzy's quickly-formed opinion of Mr. Darcy influences her own ability to see him or his attitudes with her usual acuity.
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