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|Sounds like a chicken and egg argument
Written by Mary Ellen
(6/5/2007 11:47 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Your characterization makes Elizabeth appear a bit shallow..., penned by Lila
Personally, I think that the house has a bigger impact than we might might expect from a modern girl. The fact that Darcy is wildly rich and has the beautiful 'old-money' estate to show for it demonstrates something about his family, character, and upbringing. Elizabeth can't meet his parents or his coworkers. Pemberley has to stand in for them. I don't think that Elizabeth would be interested in him if she really thought he was a jerk. The house wouldn't help. At the same time, if she had liked him and then found his house to be really showy and ugly and all the servents made faces whenever his name was mentioned, that also would change her mind.
I guess that I'm not much of a romantic. I do think Elizabeth is idealistic. She wants to respect the man she marries. But I also think that she is pragmatic. I don't think that she would make the same choice that Lydia or Fanny's mother (in MP) makes and 'leave all her friends and throw herself into the power of' a guy with more debts then sense just for 'twoo love'. Keeping your eye on your pocketbook doesn't necessarily make you a shallow person. And in the era that Jane Austen was writing it was sensible.
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