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|Darcy was sincere, and Lizzy was unprepared.
Written by Lia
(5/25/2007 9:55 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, And yet Elizabeth reacts differently to Mr. Darcy´s proposal, penned by John S2
It was obvious to Lizzy that Mr. Collins was not really in love with her. After telling her why he was marrying, he continues: And now nothing remains for me but to assure you in the most animated language of the violence of my affection. To fortune I am perfectly indifferent...." (Ch 19) Why should she be deeply affected if Mr. Collins is not?
In contrast, Darcy's passion, although poorly expressed, was sincere. ...[T]hat he should have been in love with her for so many months! -- so much in love as to wish to marry her....it was gratifying to have inspired unconsciously so strong an affection.
Another consideration is that Lizzy was prepared for Mr. Collins's proposal.
It now first struck her that she was selected from among her sisters as worthy of being the mistress of Hunsford Parsonage....The idea soon reached to conviction, as she observed his increasing civilities toward herself....Mr. Collins might never make the offer, and till he did, it was useless to quarrel about him. (Ch 17)
[Mr. Collins] assured her that, as to dancing, he was perfectly indifferent to it; that his chief object was, by delicate attentions, to recommend himself to her, and that he should therefore make a point of remaining close to her the whole evening. (Ch 18)
On the other hand, she was most definitely not prepared for Darcy's!
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