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|What kind of attention did Darcy expect?
Written by Robbin
(5/5/2007 3:02 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What *did* Darcy mean by receiving little/no attention?, penned by Lia
That is a good question; if anyone has further insight I would be interested too. Generally I think the folks at the assembly should have made him feel welcome but it seems to me Darcy makes it hard for them not that they did not try. The ladies have no choice since he would not be introduced to them and if he treated all the gentlemen like he does Sir William in Chapter 6 then I do not blame them for abandoning him. Darcy’s rank might add another layer to the mix; his rejection of any attention might not be easily overcome—what I mean is because of his status he may not be approachable. Darcy’s behavior to Sir William also is a good confirmation of Mrs. Bennet’s story in Chapter 5 of his seeming to be angry that Mrs. Long spoke to him. I do think that Sir William is acting appropriately in trying to pair Darcy up for dancing. Not to start cross-novel comparisons, but Poor Mrs. Taylor in Emma takes the trouble to pair up Harriet and Mr. Elton for dancing, funnily with as little success as Sir William. However success status aside, it seems the attention was appropriate. Darcy is surprised Sir William offers Lizzy as a dance partner but he is willing to accept it despite his previous annoyance that the dancing excluded all conservation—the attention was just the cure wanted? ;D
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