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Written by Robbin
(5/5/2007 11:14 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch 8: What exactly "caught" Lizzy?, penned by Laurel
On his approaching them soon afterwards, though without seeming to have any intention of speaking, Miss Lucas defied her friend to mention such a subject to him; which immediately provoking Elizabeth to do it, she turned to him and said – (Chapter 6)
One of the things which struck me this time around is that Lizzy drew near the card-table to observe the game but it was not the game that draws her there. I too think she found the exchange about books and Pemberley amusing and that is what draws her near the table. She positions herself to listen. Caroline then compares her height to Georgiana’s hoping for some favorable appraisal and looks from Darcy but instead he draws Lizzy into the fold by comparing Georgiana to Lizzy. I think this scene is sort of a mirror image of the scene in Chapter 6 where Darcy wants to know more of Lizzy and eavesdrops on her conservation with Col Forester. Lizzy notices and speaks to Charlotte about it and when Darcy approaches again without seeming to have any intention of speaking, Charlotte provokes Lizzy to mention such a subject to him. She then challenges him on the subject effectively bringing him into the conservation. This seems like a balancing of actions on both sides of the story. Darcy positions himself to listen in Chapter 6 and in Chapter 8 Lizzy positions herself to listen. This kind of balance appeals to the artist part of me who tries to balance the composition in my drawings. ;D
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