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Written by Robbin
(5/10/2007 2:32 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Determined to hate, penned by Margaret S
Darcy does treat Caroline rather snarkily at times but he never made a point of saying how unworthy of his regard she is either so she continues to have hope in him. I agree Darcy was pleasant mannered and teasing at times with Lizzy but his improved behavior and manners were not enough to convince her that his opinion had changed. That does not mean Lizzy hates Darcy; it means he has failed to make his new opinions known to her. Several folks have said Lizzy should have been less blind to his change; I do not agree. What I mean is, it is reasonable for Lizzy to believe Darcy considers her unworthy of attention as that is what he said. I am not sure why she should just forget his clearly stated opinion and look for signs of attraction without any encouragement from him. Lizzy is partial, she misinterprets his intentions at times but she has good reason and I do not blame her for it.
IMO Darcy shows no signs he considers Lizzy his good friend—he never says or thinks anything of the sort. His thoughts are all about how he feels too attracted to her, how he admires her and on occasion how she must have hopes for him. He never even wonders if she likes him but assumes that she does. He is very self-involved as his behavior in Chapter 12 shows; his sole purpose is to crush Lizzy’s nonexistent hopes. If Lizzy was his good friend then he could have talked to her and let her know he had no serious intentions towards her instead of giving her the silent treatment for a day. Kathi hit the nail on the head when she said Darcy did not want Lizzy to know he was attracted to her and indeed he was very successful in that effort. ;D
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