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Written by Line
(6/6/2007 10:31 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why would Darcy try to pursuade Lizzy to be..., penned by Adrian
From Elizabeth's (quite valid) POV, Darcy seems to think that he only has to smile at her to have her tumble into his arms. Apart from the hugely swelled head that implies, he also seems to feel that being allowed to become Mrs. Darcy is privilege enough for any woman - why should she expect to be treated any differently than usual?
As Amanda Vickery put it in "The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England", which we group-read a few years ago:
Courtship [by AV's definition, the period *before* a couple became officially engaged - L.] was the supreme adventure for an agreeable young lady with a genteel fortune. Perhaps for the only time in her life, a woman was the absolute centre of attention.
During their time at Rosings, Darcy doesn't seem to want to let Elizabeth have that special time in her life, but hurry right on to the next stage.
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