Quick Index Board Index Home FAQ Site Map
|Hmm..I do not agree with you that
Written by JulieW
(6/4/2007 9:59 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, It was Charlotte's prediction ..., penned by Kathi
I think the manner of the proposal indicated to Elizabeth that she was certianly going to be the one beholden to him, not the other way around.
If you go back to Chapter 34 , doconsider the wording of the proposal.Does this really stike you as being made by a man who was totally in the power of a woman? Not to my thinking. He was certian of Elizabeth accepting him,and did not care if he insulted her in his manner of proposing. It was quite an arrogant assumption on Darcy's part : he was, in point of fact, sure of succeeding with Elizabeth, even though he played lip service to the correct form required by a conventional proposal:
As he said this, she could easily see that he had no doubt of a favourable answer. He spoke of apprehension and anxiety, but his countenance expressed real security.
He did not figuratively lay down at her feet and beg to be accepeted. His power was acsendant. HIs proposal was definately on HIS terms. I really do not consider that Elizabeth felt he was in her thrall and power at this point in the novel.No, no ,no .
Furterh proof of Darcy not being in her power is shown in Elizabeth's timely reccollection at Pemberly House in this weeks chapters :
"And of this place," thought she, "I might have been mistress! With these rooms I might now have been familiarly acquainted! Instead of viewing them as a stranger, I might have rejoiced in them as my own, and welcomed to them as visitors my uncle and aunt. But no" -- recollecting herself -- "that could never be: my uncle and aunt would have been lost to me; I should not have been allowed to invite them."
Not allowed to invite relative to your home? That does not sound to me as if she felt she would have had any power over Darcy had she married him after he proposed at Rosings. Rather the opposite.
However, Charlotte's prediciton is an interesting one: but I see no point in making a final conclusion about it at this point in the novel, for, to me at least, it would be , perhaps premature and could not be done without giving away sppoilers. Who knows what will happen in the next set of chapters? :-)
And that is the reason I asked you all to defer discussion of this thread until later. Thanks for understanding and co-operating..
Groupread is maintained by Myretta with WebBBS 3.21.