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|More realistic? Why?
Written by Kathi
(6/4/2007 1:05 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Perhaps he has been practicing, penned by Jessica T
I'm not sure why the writer thinks a man of Darcy's background (a wealthy, independent heir, the grandson of an earl) being a shy man covering his discomfort with a veneer of arrogance is more realistic than his actually being arrogant.
The problem with discussing this, however, is that part of the answer is likely to be in chapters we can't discuss yet, as Karen 2L pointed out. We don't get to see the process of Darcy's change, but we might get to "hear" his explanation of it.
However, I think that part of the answer to your question about the Times reviewer's interpretation is in Chapter 4, which we certainly can discuss. The narrator -- not Lizzy, not Mrs. Bennet, not the locals, but the narrator -- tells us that Darcy is haughty. She doesn't say he appears haughty, or that he uses haughtiness to cover shyness. She says he is haughty.
How can that be squared with a "shy, awkward suitor whose seeming arrogance camouflages insecurity and deep sensitivity"?
I have another question for you. If everything that Darcy did, from insulting Lizzy in public to resisting his feelings about her due to her inferior connections to the insulting proposal, was explained by shyness, and now, the sudden improvement in his social skills was explained by his being more comfortable on his home turf, would that satisfy you? Would it seem realistic to you? (If my paraphrase misrepresents your position, please correct me.)
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