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|Lizzy's and her power over Darcy
Written by Kathi
(6/4/2007 8:38 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Elizabeths "power" over Darcy, penned by Michaela
The only reason she is beginning to be swayed at this point is that she can see that he has changed (he is no longer the arrogant, conceited man, showing a selfless disregard for the feelings of others who proposed to her) and that, to some extent, she did misjudge him (he is not a totally disagreeable person).
I don't think there's anything in the passage you quote that indicates that Lizzy believes she could bring on the renewal of Darcy's addresses "right away." She has begun to believe that she has "the power...of bringing on the renewal of his addresses," but I think she would have been floored to have another proposal right away, that is, while she was still staying in Lambton, and based on this passage, I don't think she would know how to answer.
As far as Lizzy feeling that she will not get another proposal, the passage you may be thinking of comes in Chapter 46, after Lizzy has told him about the situation with Lydia: "He seemed scarcely to hear her, and was walking up and down the room in earnest meditation, his brow contracted, his air gloomy. Elizabeth soon observed, and instantly understood it. Her power was sinking; everything must sink under such a proof of family weakness, such an assurance of the deepest disgrace. She could neither wonder nor condemn, but the belief of his self-conquest brought nothing consolatory to her bosom, afforded no palliation of her distress. It was, on the contrary, exactly calculated to make her understand her own wishes; and never had she so honestly felt that she could have loved him, as now, when all love must be vain."
Based on Darcy's behavior when she was a guest at Pemberley, Lizzy thought that she might have a chance to see Darcy renew his addresses. After Darcy learned about the "family weakness" revealed by Lydia's elopement, and after she observed his reaction, she no longer believed that he would. Perhaps it is the Chapter 46 passage that stuck in your mind.
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