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|Your characterization makes Elizabeth appear a bit shallow...
Written by Lila
(6/5/2007 12:50 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Change of heart, penned by Cheryl Kay
don't you think? It is my opinion, that Lizzy does like Darcy at this point. I believe that she may have been in denial of the extent of her true feelings because of Darcy's wealth and position (and because she does not see herself in the same level as Darcy). I also believe she, herself, is proud and arrogant. Very much like Darcy. She is prejudiced against Darcy because she considers him arrogant... Remember she was quick to believe ill of Darcy but not Wickham because he was not viewed as arrogant. Rather he appeared humble. And he was a "wronged" by a man of high position. This also smacks a bit of the politics of the day between the fortunate and the less fortunate.
Back to my point about Elizabeth being shallow...consider this passage "And of this place," she thought, "I might have been mistress!.... and welcomed to them as visitors, my aunt and uncle-- but no that could never be: my uncle and aunt would be lost to me. " "This was a lucky recollection-- it saved her from something like regret."
If this is when her change of heart started, then I say she is shallow. But I don't think she is shallow, and I don't think this is where her heart begins to soften.
I think her heart starts to change very soon after the letter... because as she says, her opinion of him improved upon closer acquaintance... She sees Darcy's goodness even inspite of Wickam's wrong doing. She remembers Darcy's affection for his sister... and she can even view Darcy's interference in Bingley and Jane's affair as an act of affection...
All she sees and hears at Pemberley reaffirms her improved opinion of Darcy.
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