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|Darcy's Misperceptions and Bias.
Written by Lia
(5/9/2007 11:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy’s Motive: Changing feelings for Lizzy (Long) ;D, penned by Robbin
This line intrigues me because it can be understood two ways. Is Darcy afraid that by paying Elizabeth too much attention he will increase his own passion, or that she will understand her own power over him?
In Chapter 10 he still feels somewhat safe from his own feelings because of the "inferiority of her connections," but by Chapter 12 "she attracted him more than he liked."
What interests me even more is his assumption that Elizabeth perceives his attraction, and would act on it! He wisely resolved to be particularly careful that no sign of admiration should now escape him, nothing that could elevate her with the hope of influencing his felicity.
Darcy is used to women trying to attract him; many or most of those women are interested only in his wealth and position. Darcy's default setting IMO is that all women are out to 'catch' him, and he acts accordingly. The reader can argue whether or not he was obvious enough for Lizzy to understand him, but Darcy himself suspects that the slightest shred of admiration will be eagerly seized by a single female. Thus he overestimates the impact of his words and actions in regard to Lizzy, and does not appreciate the resentment underlying her banter.
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