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|You're right that Mrs. Reynolds "primes" Elizabeth
Written by Line
(6/3/2007 7:38 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, To Pemberley, therefore, they were to go., penned by Cheryl
Hearing Darcy praised by an outsider, so to speak, certainly affects Elizabeth's view of him. Mrs. Reynolds also places him in a larger context - brother, landlord, master. I don't know just how Elizabeth would have reacted to his improved behaviour alone. As the Gardiners suspected, though, we come to discover that Mrs. Reynolds has exaggerated about at least one thing, though it's understandable:
ch.43: "And is Miss Darcy as handsome as her brother?" said Mr. Gardiner.
"Oh! yes -- the handsomest young lady that ever was seen."
ch.44: (Omniscient Narrator): [Miss Darcy] was less handsome than her brother; but there was sense and good-humour in her face.
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