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|Elizabeth's perspective on Bingley and Jane (Ch. 54)
Written by Lila
(6/19/2007 10:56 p.m.)
Elizabeth seems to have accepted Darcy's role in Jane and Bingley's relationship (or lack thereof) and his disapproval of her family. She knows that Darcy does not approve of Jane and Bingley marrying, yet she loves Darcy. (At this point, I believe she does love Darcy).
At the party in Longbourn, she notices Bingley's expression of "half-laughing alarm" toward Darcy when he (Bingley) takes his place next to Jane. She is triumphant that Bingley is attending to Jane, but she believes Bingley's actions are contrary to Darcy's wishes. Yet, she still desires Darcy's attention, and is cross when she feels that he is not attentive to her.
Her feelings are so strikingly different now than they were in Hunsford, where she was appalled by Darcy's interference in her sister's affair and his aversion to her family's lack of propriety. In her mind she still believes that Darcy does not approve of Bingley's desire to marry Jane for the reasons he outlined in his letter.
Does this mean that if Darcy were to renew his addresses, Lizzy would accept him inspite her belief that Darcy had ruined her sister's chances for happiness? At this point, does Darcy's character-- obstinance, honesty and generosity-- outweigh his perceived error in judgement (about Bingley and Jane) such that she loves him regardless?
Any thoughts on this?
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