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|Definitely ironic, IMO
Written by Line
(6/8/2007 6:13 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Lizzy’s point of view, penned by Robbin
These examples are JA's (and Elizabeth's) irony at work again, I agree. I don't think that Elizabeth is in awe of Darcy, any more than she is of Lady Catherine. In fact, IMO her attitude shows self-respect. I'm thinking of another JA novel where the heroine's father and sister fawn over a distant relative who is clearly not interested in them just because she's higher on the social scale than they are.
1) As a realist, Elizabeth understands that a man like Darcy would normally never take a serious interest in her (as wife material, I mean). As a matter of fact, this is clearly borne out during his Hunsford proposal where he dwells on the disadvantages of the match.
2) Taking him at his word, so to speak, and not interested in him either, she refuses to go to extraordinary lenghths to try to make him like her. Elizabeth is not the grovelling kind.
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