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|This may depend on your definition of love
Written by Tracy W
(6/2/2007 7:08 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Your posting just made me wonder about something..., penned by Lila
The answer to this question may depend on your definition of love. There are plenty of indications that Elizabeth has neither the fortune nor the family connections to attract a man of Darcy's position, the only reason left for Darcy to propose is that what he felt for Elizabeth he at least perceived as love.
It's clear from Darcy's proposal that whatever the nature of his feelings for Elizabeth, he has struggled against them for some time:
For these reasons, I think Darcy was motivated at least by some strong emotion, whether you wish to call it love or not. Out of curiosity, are you puzzling over whether he was in love or merely infatuated, or do you think there may have been some other emotion driving him?
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