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Written by Susan L
(6/13/2007 2:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch 50: Elizabeths feelings, penned by Michaela
My interpretation is, first of all, that Elizabeth had assured herself in Derbyshire that Darcy continued to desire her regard (that is, Darcy was still interested in gaining her love but she talks down love and inserts regard). However, following Lydia's behaviour, Elizabeth could not rationally expect that Darcy could or would continue to feel (that is, survive a blow) like this.
It's interesting here that Elizabeth talks down what Darcy wants from her when she talks about desiring her regard and not her love. And then she goes on to talk about rational expectations ... none of her response here speaks of emotion.
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