Chapter 26-Changing relationships
Written by Linda
(5/20/2007 1:28 a.m.)
Elizabeth soon heard from her friend; and their correspondence was as regular and frequent as it had ever been; that it should be equally unreserved was impossible. Elizabeth could never address her without feeling that all the comfort of intimacy was over; and though determined not to slacken as a correspondent, it was for the sake of what had been rather than what was.
Elizabeth’s realization of her friend's true feelings about marriage and that the feelings were so different than her own seems to be a difficult thing to overcome. But she determined to maintain the friendship; very generous, I think.
"My dearest Lizzy will, I am sure, be incapable of triumphing in her better judgment, at my expense, when I confess myself to have been entirely deceived in Miss Bingley's regard for me. But, my dear sister, though the event has proved you right, do not think me obstinate if I still assert that, considering what her behaviour was, my confidence was as natural as your suspicion. I do not at all comprehend her reason for wishing to be intimate with me; but if the same circumstances were to happen again, I am sure I should be deceived again….”
Even Jane must admit that Caroline Bingley was not sincere in her attentions. Hard as she tries, Jane now become suspicious of all her actions. This is a real leap for Jane, who tries so hard not to blame anyone for anything.
His apparent partiality had subsided, his attentions were over, he was the admirer of some one else. Elizabeth was watchful enough to see it all, but she could see it and write of it without material pain. Her heart had been but slightly touched, and her vanity was satisfied with believing that she would have been his only choice, had fortune permitted it. The sudden acquisition of ten thousand pounds was the most remarkable charm of the young lady to whom he was now rendering himself agreeable; but Elizabeth, less clear-sighted perhaps in his case than in Charlotte's, did not quarrel with him for his wish of independence.
Mr Wickham has defected for ten thousand pounds. It appears that Mrs Gardiner’s warning to Lizzy at the beginning of the Chapter had not been necessary. The warning caused Elizabeth to carefully examine her feelings for Wickham so she can be tolerably undertanding of him.