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Written by Kathi
(6/5/2007 6:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Your characterization makes Elizabeth appear a bit shallow..., penned by Lila
Can you show what evidence you had that Lizzy "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'm particular wondering at the motivation.
If Darcy really is arrogant, is it prejudice to believe him so?
In what way is Lizzy proud and arrogant?
Lizzy's mind did change due to the letter, but only to the extent that she no longer believed Darcy was dishonorable. She still could not approve of him, and had no desire ever to see him again. To that extent, yes, he improved on close acquaintance. It was still her strongly held belief that he was a disagreeable man.
I think seeing Pemberley is part of the mix in changing Lizzy's mind about Darcy, but not so much because it is a valuable estate. Tony Tanner, I believe it is, wrote about how in the Regency a man's estate reflected his character, and Pemberley, "Elizabeth saw, with admiration of his taste, ... was neither gaudy nor uselessly fine; with less of splendor, and more real elegance, than the furniture of Rosings." It wasn't the deciding factor, but it was part of the mix, along with Mrs. Reynolds praise, the evidence that Darcy had changed, etc.
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