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|A couple of quibbles
Written by Kathi
(6/22/2007 11:12 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The proposal, penned by Tracy W
I don't think that the point of what Darcy says is being very English, very still upper lip. I think it is a sign that he is putting Lizzy's feelings first, in stark contrast to the first proposal when his own feelings were uppermost in his mind and concern for Lizzy's nowhere to be found. And while the words lack floweriness, there is a certain romantic-ness in that conern. Darcy is not expressing feelings that would embarrass Lizzy if they were unwelcome (though once he knows they are welcome, that changes), and he makes it as easy as possible for her to refuse if she so chooses.
When Darcy "expressed himself on the occasion as sensibly and warmly as a man violently in love can be supposed to do," I don't think that was intended to indicate that Darcy was fluent, or even necessarily too coherent, though this has been a subject of disagreement in more than one thread over the years. IMHO JA is using irony here -- warmly, yes, but after all, how sensibly is a man violently in love expected to express himself?
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