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|Is not general incivility the very essence of love?
Written by Adrian
(6/6/2007 1:15 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Clarification, penned by Ramya
Darcy's behavior was bad when he proposed, but I am not convinced that meant he did not love Lizzy. Within twenty-four hours--and in spite of her refusal--he was ready to trust her with one of his most closely kept family secrets. That shows a great deal of respect and trust.
Darcy would not be the first person to stick his foot in things when he set out to propose. He was always a little out of control around Lizzy, either revealing too much (about his faults at Netherfield, Ch. 11) or withholding too much (refusing to converse with her the next day, Ch. 12). Certainly Darcy was not used to proposing, he was still hideously proud and insensitive; but that does not mean he did not love Lizzy.
I cannot top the case Tracy makes for Darcy's trying to make his intentions clear beforehand and thinking Lizzy understands him. Of course Darcy is assuming too much since we cannot assume Lizzy willfully misunderstands him.
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