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|great summary of her misunderstandings
Written by Tiffany Lynn
(5/8/2007 5:54 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Lizzy & Darcy: Misunderstandings (chapters 6 to 18), penned by Robbin
The last misunderstanding regarding Wickham and Darcy really jumped out at me during this read. As you said, Elizabeth does believe Wickham. Which I can kind of understand, though I'm more inclined to take Jane's position. Anyway, she says: "If it be not so, let Mr. Darcy contradict it." (ch. 17). However, she ignores all of Mr. Darcy's contradictions.
In chapter 18, I believe she receives three indirect contractions. First, Darcy's remarks that "I can readily believe ... that reports may vary greatly with respect to me; and I could wish, Miss Bennet, that you were not to sketch my character at the present moment, as there is reason to fear that the performance would reflect no credit on either." Second, she gets an account from Miss Bingley that Wickham was in the wrong not Darcy. And third, Jane tells her that Bingley has the same information.
However, she ignores all of these contradictions. Saying from the last two that they came from Darcy so can't be trusted. Is her dislike of Darcy so great because of the earlier insult and the misunderstandings of his attention? I'm wondering whether she would really believe a direct contradiction from Darcy at this point.
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