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Written by Cheryl
(6/2/2007 10:30 p.m.)
There are lots of things that help change Elizabeth's opinion of Darcy, and his actions seal the deal, but she was primed by Mrs. Reynolds, don't you think? Her glowing recommendation of her master, even allowing for the prejudice of a long-time servant, makes Elizabeth think of Darcy in a new way:
" Elizabeth listened, wondered, doubted, and was impatient for more." (ch. 43)
By the time they reached the portrait of Darcy
"with such a smile over the face as she remembered to have sometimes seen when he looked at her" ... "There was certainly at this moment, in Elizabeth's mind, a more gentle sensation towards the original than she had ever felt" (ch 43)
How much of Elizabeth's change of heart toward Darcy can we lay at Mrs. Reynolds' feet? Would Elizabeth's reaction to him have been the same if she hadn't heard Mrs. Reynolds' opinions and raptures?
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