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Written by Line
(6/3/2007 7:47 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Determined to be pleased, penned by Cheryl
I think both your suggestions are right, Cheryl, but IMO JA chose the word "*determined* to be pleased" mostly to show Darcy's change of attitude from earlier in the novel, when he seemed to be looking for faults and shortcomings in people and situations wherever he went. I find the description a little funny and touching as well - as you put it, Darcy is determined to be pleased by sheer force of will!
Another thing that strikes me about the passage you quote is that it's a blow to people who claim that the Omniscient Narrator only ever describes things from Elizabeth's POV. Yes, her feelings are described, but we are also told that her visitors' reactions are *opposite* to the ones she is afraid of!
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