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Written by Carolyn
(5/26/2007 11:17 p.m.)
This seems to be Darcy's approach to the whole proposal. At first he is cannot settle enough to make his proposal.
He sat down for a few moments, and then getting up, walked about the room.... After a silence of several minutes, he came towards her in an agitated manner,
After he makes his proposal, one he probably thought was quite flattering, he is feeling quite fine.
He spoke of apprehension and anxiety, but his countenance expressed real security
Of course her rejection takes him by surprise and he loses his composure.
With assumed tranquillity he then replied, "I have no wish of denying that I did everything in my power to separate my friend from your sister, or that I rejoice in my success. Towards him I have been kinder than towards myself."
Of course, Darcy's assumed tranquity barely lasts to the end of his reply. When Elizabeth brings up Wickham, his composure is strained even further
"You take an eager interest in that gentleman's concerns," said Darcy, in a less tranquil tone, and with a heightened colour. ( More color here! Perhaps a touch green this time for jealousy?)
Elizabeth defense of Wickham, finally snaps all of Darcy's composure. Out pores all the feelings he has been trying to keep inside.
"And this," cried Darcy, as he walked with quick steps across the room, "is your opinion of me! This is the estimation in which you hold me! I thank you for explaining it so fully. My faults, according to this calculation, are heavy indeed! But perhaps," added he, stopping in his walk, and turning towards her, "these offences might have been overlooked, had not your pride been hurt by my honest confession of the scruples that had long prevented my forming any serious design. These bitter accusations might have been suppressed, had I, with greater policy, concealed my struggles, and flattered you into the belief of my being impelled by unqualified, unalloyed inclination; by reason, by reflection, by everything. But disguise of every sort is my abhorrence. Nor am I ashamed of the feelings I related. They were natural and just. Could you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your connexions? -- to congratulate myself on the hope of relations, whose condition in life is so decidedly beneath my own?"
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