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|Why tell a falsehood about not being a great reader?
Written by Robbin
(5/5/2007 10:56 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think Darcy is making, penned by Donna H
She also says “I have pleasure in many things.” Is this also a falsehood? I do not think telling falsehoods is part of Lizzy’s character—at least what I have seen of her so far does not lead me to think so. How do you know Lizzy is quite literate? What is in the text which leads to this impression? How could Darcy know she is quite literate? On what does he form this conclusion? He does not get much opportunity to do so. ;D
At the assembly in Chapter 3 he would not be introduced to her, when they next met after that he looked at her only to criticize. It is not till Chapter 6, the party at Lucas Lodge that he wants to know more of her and it is the first conservation we see between them—none is about books or reading. Her picking up a book one evening under his observation is not enough to verify Lizzy is quite literary is it? Darcy could have overhead Lizzy talking of books with someone else but the only conservation of hers we know he clandestinely listened in on was with Colonel Forester in Chapter 6; it was not about reading or books but Lizzy energetically teasing him to give a ball. :D
I think Lizzy is simply stating the truth; she does not think of herself as a great reader which to me does not imply the reverse—that she does not read at all. I imagine Mary considers herself a great reader although when Mr. Bennet pointed out that she read great books and makes abstracts in Chapter 2 she knows not how to say something sensible on the forms of introduction. LOL! :D
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