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|Not that obvious, IMHO.
Written by Kathi
(5/9/2007 12:36 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Excuse me, but how is it obvious?, penned by Line
I agree that Darcy does not do nearly enough to "balance" what Lizzy had heard from his own mouth about his opinion from her. Darcy stated in public that Lizzy was neither good looking enough for him nor good enough for him, and it would take more than a few instances of being pleasant to her to outweigh that.
In addition, even if the cumulative instances of being pleasant had given Lizzy pause (she does, after all, note his gallantry in the meeting on the path), Darcy would have destroyed all the good he had done by ignoring her the last day.
I think another way that Darcy unintentionally hurt his own case was with the statement "My good opinion once lost is lost for ever." While we are not told that Lizzy applies Darcy's statement to herself, it might have seemed pointed. (Even though the context is slightly different, it has kind of a "sound bite" quality to it.) He might have seemed to be saying that he wasn't the sort of person who changed his mind about people.
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