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|Fascinating post, Robbin--two observations
Written by Adrian
(5/8/2007 1:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy’s Motive: Changing feelings for Lizzy (Long) ;D, penned by Robbin
] Lizzy and Darcy nearly come to name calling in Chapter 11...
This also suggests to me that Darcy may indeed realize Lizzy overheard him at the Meryton Assembly (if he had not assumed from the start that she had). After slighting her in public once, it would be unpardonable to slight her again in a highly public venue (albeit at a private home) now that they are better acquainted.
On the other hand, I must wonder how widespread the knowledge of Darcy's acquaintance with Lizzy was, since many of her neighbors were surprised seeing her opposite Mr. Darcy. Perhaps the neighbors' amazement came from their lack of understanding of Mr. Darcy (and knowledge of Lizzy's unfriendly feelings about him) rather than lack of knowledge about their acquaintance.
Of course, having seen Lizzy with Wickham since her visit to Netherfield, Darcy may have feared Wickham had been slandering him and both wished by his very courtesy to underscore his honor as a gentleman or even to sense whether Wickham had said anything.
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