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|I don't think receiving attention meant being noticed...
Written by Adrian
(5/4/2007 2:13 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Quite so,, penned by Mandy N
...so much as having people pay respects and offer to do officious little courtesies for him. This presumes, of course, that Darcy was introduced to some of the gentlemen, since they could not be expected to offer him courtesies if they had not been introduced; and I don't think Darcy would have been so hypocritical to expect that if it were the case.
One can therefore suppose that either the Meryton gentlemen were not aware what sort of attention they should offer (or too intimidated to do so), or else Darcy received any attempts at courtesies with such coldness that the gentlemen were unsure how to proceed and stopped trying.
I think we see a little of this at the Lucas party when Sir William tries to be a good host and talk to Darcy (about dancing, a house in town) and falls flat. Sir William was trying to be sociable, but Darcy was hardly enjoying the attentions being paid him.
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