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Written by Cathy Allen
(5/27/2007 11:30 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr. Darcy did NOT insult Elizabeth in public, penned by Cathy Allen
The meaning of the term "gentleman" has changed in 200 years. It is my understanding that the word meant only "landed gentry" (from Joan Ray's "Jane Austen for Dummies"), not "a kind man with good manners," as it does now. Therefore, I still feel that Mr. Darcy behaved as a gentleman, to his idea, and my original statement in this thread stands. He was so offended by Elizabeth's reaction to his ("ungentlemanlike") proposal because he was not AWARE of ever behaving in an ungentlemanlike manner.
So we are discussing apples and oranges. I agree that his behavior was ungentlemanlike, in our modern sense of the word, but as JA wrote it, 200 years ago, he was, in my opinion, not ungentlemanly.
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