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|Awful vs. Awe-ful
Written by Lia
(5/6/2007 11:34 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Good catch…, penned by Robbin
I agree that Darcy is likely to inspire awe, reverence, deference much of the time, but would that really apply 'of a Sunday evening when he has nothing to do'? From the description it sounds to me as though he becomes obnoxious when bored, more in line with awful. (Unless, perhaps, he extemporaneously and dramatically quotes Scripture when bored!)
The paragraph that follows suggests he is awful rather that awe-ful: Elizabeth thought she could perceive that he was rather offended....Miss Bingley warmly resented the indignity he had received....
I too have never quite understood the purpose of the line; it seems a gratuitous insult for the warm hearted Bingley. But if his design really is to silence the argument, it is better for him to insult his friend than a lady (especially the sister of a woman he admires!)
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