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Written by Kathi
(5/9/2007 6:04 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I was thinking more, penned by Outi
The passage you are thinking of, I assume, is "Elizabeth could not help observing, as she turned over some music books that lay on the instrument, how frequently Mr. Darcy's eyes were fixed on her. She hardly knew how to suppose that she could be an object of admiration to so great a man; and yet that he should look at her because he disliked her was still more strange. She could only imagine, however, at last, that she drew his notice because there was a something about her more wrong and reprehensible, according to his ideas of right, than in any other person present. The supposition did not pain her. She liked him too little to care for his approbation." (BTW, if you click on "Pop up the novel text" you can get a searchable or browsable version of the novel, whereever you have an internet connection.)
True, Darcy doesn't say anything to make the matter plain (but that's entirely appropriate, of course, since he has no intention of pursuing the relationship, due to her low connections). What Lizzy has mainly to go by is when he "made the matter plain" before, and it seems to me that it is not unreasonable that that should influence her conclusions, given the ambiguity of his nonverbal messages (which are far from obvious to those not privy to his thoughts).
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