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Written by Line
(5/8/2007 9:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, You have a point..., penned by Maria Liourdi
...he might have been hurt in the way you say, but IMO most of the disadvantages were on Elizabeth's side. Darcy was a man, and he was rich, which meant he could marry practically at any age he chose. Besides not being rich, Elizabeth was also a woman, which meant that by contemporary standards she only had a comparatively small "window of opportunity" to marry, despite the fact that marriage was a woman's career in those days. Think of Charlotte, considered to be on the edge of spinsterhood at age 27! Also, if anything went wrong, it would be her reputation that suffered, not his. As a man of principle, Darcy knew this, and did not want to lead Elizabeth on when he knew he could not seriously think of marrying her. He just took it too far, IMO!
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