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|Hurting Darcy's feelings
Written by Kathi
(6/4/2007 5:47 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why Lizzy would avoid Pemberley., penned by Adrian
In other circumstances, Lizzy has shown a concern for Darcy's feelings.
At Netherfield, when she thought he was offended by Bingley's teasing, she avoided laughing at him.
Even at the height of her dislike of him at the beginning of the proposal, when she thought he was a dishonorable man and just after "exasperating herself" against him by reading Jane's letters, Lizzy spared a thought for his feelings ("she was at first sorry for the pain he was to receive").
We aren't actually told that she thought of Darcy's feelings. However, given this history, it doesn't seem unlikely to me that not wanting to hurt Darcy was in the mix of reasons somewhere.
I agree with AD (who is, after all, only adapting JA and is not referring specifically to the visit to Pemberley) that in general Lizzy wanted to avoid Darcy thinking ill of her, but I don't think that precludes her having a complex mix of reasons, and I agree with Robbin's analysis.
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