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|Quote Chapter 15
Written by Carolyn
(5/11/2007 11:55 p.m.)
Mr. Darcy corroborated it with a bow, and was beginning to determine not to fix his eyes on Elizabeth, when they were suddenly arrested by the sight of the stranger, and Elizabeth, happening to see the countenance of both as they looked at each other, was all astonishment at the effect of the meeting. Both changed colour; one looked white, the other red. Mr. Wickham, after a few moments, touched his hat -- a salutation which Mr. Darcy just deigned to return. What could be the meaning of it? -- It was impossible to imagine; it was impossible not to long to know.
A mystery has been set up for Elizabeth. It is obvious to her that the gentleman know each other and have some past history. Wickham actually comes off the better as he is one to make the gesture of acknowledgement. Darcy can barely bring himself to match it. Elizabeth's curiosity about the meaning behind their behavior makes her open to, even eager for, Wickham's side of the tale.
But there is also a question for the reader. Who was red-faced and who went white?
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