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Written by Carolyn
(5/13/2007 10:31 p.m.)
Mr. Darcy's comment caused me to look at what little pleasure Elizabeth got at the Netherfield ball.
First, she finds that Wickham has not attended the ball.
Second, she has dance with Mr. Collins,
Third, she dances with Mr. Darcy, a man she is determined to dislike.
After that dance, things really start to go downhill.
Fourth Miss Bingley came towards her, and with an expression of civil disdain thus accosted her: with the news that Wickham was not to be trusted.
Fifth: Jane tells her I am sorry to say that by [Bingley's] account as well as his sister's, Mr. Wickham is by no means a respectable young man.
Sixth: Mr. Collins introduces himself to Darcy despite the fact that Elizabeth tried hard to dissuade him from such a scheme, assuring him that Mr. Darcy would consider his addressing him without introduction as an impertinent freedom, rather than a compliment to his aunt;
Seventh: When they sat down to supper, therefore, she considered it a most unlucky perverseness which placed them within one of each other; and deeply was she vexed to find that her mother was talking to that one person (Lady Lucas) freely, openly, and of nothing else but of her expectation that Jane would be soon married to Mr. Bingley.
Eighth: she had the mortification of seeing Mary, after very little entreaty, preparing to oblige the company.
Ninth: Mr. Bennet, while doing Elizabeth's bidding, makes a rather cutting remark, both to his daughter and the other young ladies. He took the hint, and when Mary had finished her second song, said aloud, "That will do extremely well, child. You have delighted us long enough. Let the other young ladies have time to exhibit."
Tenth: Mr. Collins gives another pompous speech.
Eleventh:She was teased by Mr. Collins, who continued most perseveringly by her side, and though he could not prevail with her to dance with him again, put it out of her power to dance with others.
So now for the pleasant things at the ball
1. She danced next with an officer, and had the refreshment of talking of Wickham, and of hearing that he was universally liked.
2. she turned her attention almost entirely on her sister and Mr. Bingley; and the train of agreeable reflections which her observations gave birth to made her perhaps almost as happy as Jane.
Her main pleasure at the ball is seeing Jane & Bingley together and thinking that an engagement between the two will soon be reached. (JA informs of this more than once.)
On the whole, I think Elizabeth had pretty miserable evening.
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