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|Mr. Darcy did NOT insult Elizabeth in public
Written by Cathy Allen
(5/26/2007 12:16 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I still have trouble with the notion..., penned by Karen 2L
It is my considered opinion that Mr. Darcy did not know that Elizabeth overheard his slight of her at the Meryton Assembly. The reason I feel this way is that the conversation was between Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley, whom we know to have impeccable manners. Mr. Bingley, I think you would agree, no mattter what you think of Mr. Darcy at that point, would not knowingly conduct a conversation in an OBVIOUSLY audible voice, within the hearing of Elizabeth, which concerned her. Mr. Bingley is too much of a gentleman.
Strictly from the text, we cannot tell if either man was aware that Elizabeth overheard them. So, I feel that Mr. Darcy did NOT insult Elizabeth in public. We know, of course, that it was all too audible, and that Elizabeth WAS insulted.
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