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Written by Kathi
(5/10/2007 9:18 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I am afraid we are going to cross swords again!, penned by jeremy
...does a gentleman have to denigrate a lady's appearance and her consequence before she gets the message that he is not interested? I would think that once would be plenty, if the assertion is as strongly worded as Darcy's was.
There is no evidence that anyone other than Caroline noticed anything at all, and she might not have noticed if she hadn't been so hypersensitive to anything that distracted Darcy from her, whether it was a book or a letter or a conversation with a woman, however innocent.
I'm sure that there are some very, very bad people in this world -- worse, even, than what Lizzy thinks Darcy to be -- who are funny, love their sisters, and have friends who respect them.
And it isn't really the way that Darcy treats his friends and family that is at issue. As you say, the book is called Pride and Prejudice for a reason.
I don't think that Lizzy actually becomes prejudiced against Darcy until she believes Wickham's story (although it's true that she might have found more reason to disbelieve it if she hadn't disliked Darcy). Before that, her opinion of him was not unreasonable, given the evidence she had.
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