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Written by Margaret S
(5/6/2007 9:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, An awful object called Darcy, penned by Robbin
[Origin: 1200–50; ME a(g)heful, aueful; see AWE, -FUL; r. OE egefull dreadful ]
I have two Penguin editions of the text, form 1975 and 2005. They both use term “aweful”. The html version on pemberly.com uses “aweful” as well. I’ve only seen use of the word “awful” in e-text on pemberly.com.
I think Bingley has definitions 3 and 4 in mind when he uses the adjective here.
What strikes me about this conversation is that Darcy is particularly pleasant on Sunday afternoons when he has nothing to do. He is a landed gentleman worth 10,000 a year – what could he possibly have to do on other days of the week!!!
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