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|CH. 11 - Caroline's reading interests...
Written by Moni
(5/8/2007 10:36 a.m.)
***Miss Bingley's attention was quite as much engaged in watching Mr. Darcy's progress through his book, as in reading her own; and she was perpetually either making some inquiry, or looking at his page. She could not win him, however, to any conversation; he merely answered her question, and read on. At length, quite exhausted by the attempt to be amused with her own book, which she had only chosen because it was the second volume of his, she gave a great yawn and said, "How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library."***
It seems like Caroline's only interest in reading was if the book belonged to Darcy. I found this really humourous, and like Lizzy earlier, she puts the book aside, but for totally different reasons. And we know the major criteria for Darcy admiring any woman is her "extensive reading".
I love how it says Caroline was "quite exhausted by the attempt to be amused with her own book" and that she was only "reading" it because it was the second volume of Darcy's, which she had been bothering him about. And what was she doing reading the second if she hadn't read the first?;-D
She shows this duality of hers, displaying no interest, and yet saying the exact opposite! Brilliant.
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