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|Dances of Mortification!...
Written by Moni
(5/14/2007 3:49 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Quote Chapter 18, penned by Carolyn
CH 18 - "But **Elizabeth was not formed for ill-humour**; and though every prospect of her own was destroyed for the evening, it could not dwell long on her spirits; and having told all her griefs to Charlotte Lucas, whom she had not seen for a week, she was soon able to make a voluntary transition to the oddities of her cousin, and to point him out to her particular notice. The two first dances, however, brought a return of distress; they were **dances of mortification**. Mr. Collins, awkward and solemn, apologising instead of attending, and often moving wrong without being aware of it, gave her all the shame and misery which a disagreeable partner for a couple of dances can give. The moment of her release from him was exstacy."
It almost makes Darcy's comment about not suspending any pleasure of hers seem very sarcastic and mean. Exactly, what pleasure did she have? I love JA's description, "dances of mortification", and I think many a reader would agree totally, and we can imagine how Lizzy must have been feeling with this stint in her own personal "hell". Fortunately she was not one for "ill-humour"!!!
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