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Written by Kathi
(5/11/2007 11:00 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Can you elaborate please?, penned by jeremy
My post above was made in a different context, however. Michaela had commented that "If I imagine myself in Elizabeths place, I would have startet to like him a lot once I got to know his 'Netherfield" side'" and "I wouldn`t have realized that he changed his view about my person, so I would be quite unhappy about my attraction to him ...still believing me not pretty enough to tempt him." The point I had intended to make was about Darcy's actual feelings (he might have changed his mind about her looks but not her consequence) and thus coming to like him wasn't a good idea. I was not referring to Lizzy's knowledge of those feelings or what influenced them.
However, I have a couple of responses to your comments.
You wrote that "I do not recall Darcy saying anything to Lizzy, or about her within her hearing, about her inferior connections at this point in the novel", but when Darcy refused to "give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men," he was refering to Lizzy's lower status in comparison to his own, making her an unacceptable dance partner. So Lizzy did know that Darcy looked down on her for her lower status.
Also, you wrote, "So in conclusion I think that too much is made of Darcy criticizing Lizzy as justification for her disliking him. She disliked him because of his general manners, and arrogance not because of any sort of personal victimization!" I agree with you that too much is made of it, but I disagree that it had no bearing on her dislike. It seems to me that it was part and parcel of her feeling that he was arrogant and mortified the pride of others due to his own pride. However, it wasn't seomthing, as you say, that she seems to have dwelled on, or that it was a really salient part of her dislike.
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