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|The way I read it
Written by Line
(5/29/2007 8:04 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Just on this passage, penned by Lisa Maree
After walking two or three times along that part of the lane, [Elizabeth] was tempted, by the pleasantness of the morning, to stop at the gates and look into the park...She was on the point of continuing her walk, when she caught a glimpse of a gentleman within the sort of grove which edged the park: he was moving that way; and fearful of its being Mr. Darcy, she was directly retreating. But the person who advanced was now near enough to see her, and stepping forward with eagerness, pronounced her name. She had turned away; but on hearing herself called, though in a voice which proved it to be Mr. Darcy, she moved again towards the gate.
The way I read this passage is that Elizabeth first spots "the gentleman" *through* the gate. Afraid that it might be Mr. Darcy, she tries to sneak away before he sees her. However, he does see her, and once he calls her name, even though she now knows for sure that it's Mr. Darcy, she moves *towards* the gate (and him) again.
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