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|Elizabeth's "balancing the truth with civility"
Written by Cathy Allen
(6/1/2007 11:52 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Quote Chapter 38, penned by Carolyn
I always feel for Elizabeth in these passages, including the one at the end of your posting, where she is agonizing over her knowledge (from the letter) in regard to Jane. I think that "balancing the truth with civility" is one of the hallmarks of a true "lady" or a true "gentleman," and extremely difficult to do, sometimes. To consider what will HELP or HURT another, BEFORE what will make US feel better, shows true gracefulness/civility in my opinion, a trait which every lady or gentleman MUST possess.
In Chapter 40 we read Elizabeth's thought: "The liberty of communication cannot be mine till it has lost all its value!" I think of what agony this decision would have caused Elizabeth, but she DID make up her mind, and behaved as a lady should, with civility; "gracefulness," to my way of thinking. What a lady!
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