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|Prejudice, or realism combined with modesty?
Written by Line
(5/4/2007 7:03 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Her prejudice makes her blind to his admiration. nf, penned by Stephanie J.
Elizabeth has had strong, direct proof that Darcy doesn't find her at all attractive, and so far, IMO, he has done nothing whatsoever to show her that he has changed his mind except being reasonably well-behaved. I suspect that the only person up to the end of ch.9 who realizes that his opinion of Elizabeth has changed is Caroline Bingley, who is told about it as a way of discouraging *her* ambitions.
Also, despite the hopes of various Merytonites, I suspect that Elizabeth would assume that most men like Darcy would expect to marry a woman of considerably more fortune and connections than she possesses.
I've always taken Elizabeth's comment "Compliments always take you by surprise, and me never" as referring to Jane, but if she is in fact referring to herself, then I agree it's a delicious irony!
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