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|No, he hasn't!
Written by Line
(6/23/2007 3:21 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy has not changed in essentials, penned by Robbin
"Not at all. When I went away, I felt that it would soon happen."
"That is to say, you had given your permission. I guessed as much."
And though he exclaimed at the term, she found that it had been pretty much the case... Elizabeth could not help smiling at his easy manner of directing his friend...
Elizabeth longed to observe that Mr. Bingley had been a most delightful friend -- so easily guided, that his worth was invaluable; but she checked herself. She remembered that [Darcy] had yet to learn to be laught at, and it was rather too early to begin. (ch.58)
Darcy is *still* playing puppet-master to a certain extent, and Elizabeth realizes this. Though Darcy is now on the right track, he is still deciding "how his friend shall be happy". I like to think that Elizabeth will eventually teach him to at least think twice before he starts playing God again, no matter how excellent his intentions!
On the subject of Jane Bennet, we are told: "Elizabeth was pleased to find that [Bingley] had not betrayed the interference of his friend; for, though Jane had the most generous and forgiving heart in the world, [Elizabeth] knew it was a circumstance which must prejudice [Jane] against [Darcy]. (ch.55)
I find it interesting that the Omniscient Narrator tells us that even saintly Jane would (quite rightly, IMO) resent Darcy for having broken up her relationship with Bingley!
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