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|But do we have any evidence for such blame?
Written by Adrian
(6/23/2007 1:41 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I blame Lady Anne, penned by nan duval
Yours is certainly a reasonable question to ask, but it does not seem to have any support in the text. At the risk of veering off into other novels, we know from S&S and Persuasion that sisters can be--indeed, often are--very different in JA's thinking. We do not know when Darcy's mother died, although we can imagine he would at least have been as old as the difference between his own age and Georgiana's, about twelve years, so she certainly would have been around to influence him. Still, I tend to think his parents were both fine people (but then the text gives me no more direct evidence than it would give you, I admit).
I am not one to spend time affixing blame in this case any more than between the Bennet parents; people are products of their entire environment, and Darcy was too. I like Tracy's analysis (below) and wonder if a good summary of her take on Darcy's view of those outside his circle may be summed up by Emma's view of Robert Martin: Darcy could be generous to the poor and kind to servants, but people such as the Bennets and other folk of Meryton were "as much above his notice as below it."
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