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|Elizabeth's reaction to The Letter
Written by Cheryl
(5/26/2007 11:49 p.m.)
After Darcy's extraordinary proposal, we have Darcy's equally extraordinary letter. Elizabeth's reaction to it is manifold, but I so admire that she is able to look at Wickham's and Darcy's actions objectively and come to just and logical conclusions. She admits that
She could see him [Wickham] instantly before her, in every charm of air and address; but she could remember no more substantial good than the general approbation of the neighbourhood… (ch. 36)
While Wickham is charming, he has evinced nothing more than charm - there is no depth of character to him and she can now see the impropriety of his spilling his guts about Darcy to her at practically their first meeting.
And as for Darcy
that proud and repulsive as were his manners, she had never, in the whole course of their acquaintance -- an acquaintance which had latterly brought them much together, and given her a sort of intimacy with his ways -- seen anything that betrayed him to be unprincipled or unjust (ch. 36)
And admitting that he was just regarding Wickham, makes her rethink his actions regarding Jane and Bingley, admitting that her family played a larger role in their separation perhaps than Darcy did.
I don't know if I could have been so objective and fair if I were Lizzy. I so admire her here and her ability to reorder her long-cherished beliefs and opinions.
What did you think of Lizzy's reaction to Darcy's letter?
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