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|Not trying to catch him?
Written by Tracy W
(5/3/2007 5:40 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, No monopoly of insight., penned by Mandy N
...his friend Mr. Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien, and the report, which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance, of his having ten thousand a year.
He's handsome and very rich. He's in a room with a fair number of woman. Exactly what more evidence do you need that there are people trying to catch him? Can you imagine a social milieu where no woman would have an interest in a guy like that? Every school dance I went to, handsome guys attracted attention. And that was at a time where healthcare was far better than in Regency England so the average attractiveness of guys was probably far higher when I was a teenager than in Regency times (good looks are correlated with health).
It takes about half the evening for the tide to be turned against him by his manners, so there was plenty of time for some people to plot for him.
(I am not saying anything personal about women, I'm female myself and I venture to suggest that if a beautiful and very rich woman walked into the Meryton assembly she'd gather about as much attention from the single men there. We're descended from those people who were interested enough in the opposite sex to get around to having babies, and the more babies they had the more likely we are to be descended from them, and since we iherit our genes from our ancestors we're biased to getting genes that cause our brains to pay attention to people of the opposite sex.)
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