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|Excuse me, but how is it obvious?
Written by Line
(5/8/2007 9:54 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, How can Elizabeth not recognize, penned by Outi
We have to remember that *we* have the advantage of being able to read Darcy's thoughts, while Elizabeth does not. I do wonder how "obvious" we would find Darcy's change of heart if we left out all the passages where the narrator directly tells us how Darcy is feeling! Whether he is aware of it or not, Darcy originally gave Elizabeth full and definite proof that he did *not* like her, and has since given her comparatively little evidence that he has changed his mind. The only time that I think Elizabeth might reasonably suspect that he is trying to flirt with her is during the "dancing a reel" scene.
I once went through all the "Netherfield" chapters looking for evidence that would tell Elizabeth that Darcy has changed his mind about her, and found so little that I don't blame her at all for not realizing it. (Unfortunately, that post seems to have disappeared from the archives, and I don't have the time to redo the whole thing!) Yes, we all remember the "changing one's mind" discussion and the one about pride and vanity (which gets surprisingly serious to be considered flirtation), but they take up surprisingly little of the time Elizabeth spends at Netherfield. As a matter of fact, during this time it's *Bingley* who is actively and consistently nice to Elizabeth, not Darcy, something which made me like him more than ever! ;-)
I do agree about the way Bingley is depicted in P&P2 and 3. The novel tells us that Bingley is "by no means deficient" in intelligence, but the Bingley of those two adaptations *is* deficient, isn't he? ;-)
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