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Written by Carolyn
(5/25/2007 10:49 p.m.)
"I certainly have not the talent which some people possess," said Darcy, "of conversing easily with those I have never seen before. I cannot catch their tone of conversation, or appear interested in their concerns, as I often see done."
Darcy's inability to converse easily may appear to be a fault, but it seems that those that can speak well either make or bring some sort of trouble.
The Bingley Sister
The Superior sisters are masters at conversation yet they are the ones Elizabeth holds responsible for the separation of her sister and Bingley.
she had always attributed to Miss Bingley the principal design and arrangement of [the measures taken to separate Mr. Bingley and Jane] Chapter 33
Col. Fitzwilliam is also noted for having an ease in conversation.
Colonel Fitzwilliam entered into conversation directly with the readiness and ease of a well-bred man, and talked very pleasantly; but his cousin, after having addressed a slight observation on the house and garden to Mrs. Collins, sat for some time without speaking to anybody. Chapter 31
Yet he is the one who tells Elizabeth of Darcy's success in separating Jane and Bingley.
"And remember that I have not much reason for supposing it to be Bingley. What he told me was merely this: that he congratulated himself on having lately saved a friend from the inconveniences of a most imprudent marriage, but without mentioning names or any other particulars, and I only suspected it to be Bingley from believing him the kind of young man to get into a scrape of that sort, and from knowing them to have been together the whole of last summer."
"Did Mr. Darcy give you his reasons for this interference?"
"I understood that there were some very strong objections against the lady." Chapter 33
Mr. Darcy is noted for not speaking much in most cases, but look at the time he is noted for speaking well.
This he considered sufficient encouragement; and the avowal of all that he felt, and had long felt for her, immediately followed. He spoke well; but there were feelings besides those of the heart to be detailed, and he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride. His sense of her inferiority -- of its being a degradation -- of the family obstacles which judgment had always opposed to inclination, were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding, but was very unlikely to recommend his suit.
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