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|Determined to be pleased
Written by Cheryl
(6/2/2007 10:37 p.m.)
"Elizabeth, on her side, had much to do. She wanted to ascertain the feelings of each of her visitors; she wanted to compose her own, and to make herself agreeable to all; and in the latter object, where she feared most to fail, she was most sure of success, for those to whom she endeavoured to give pleasure were prepossessed in her favour. Bingley was ready, Georgiana was eager, and Darcy determined, to be pleased. " (ch 44)
I love that first sentence - it's a To Do List, isn't it? Fun. And I like that Austen let us in on how the others were feeling as well. But what do you think it means, that Darcy was "determined" to be pleased? He was going to make the meeting go well by sheer force of will, if necessary? He was planning to overlook any possible objections or obstacles? What do you think?
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