hello, and a question about "hugs"
Posted by Sue W on November 18, 1997 at 19:47:05:
I'm new to this locale and very happy to have found it!
I hope you kind folks will let me jump in here with a
(possibly silly) question right away...
I recently discovered P&P and I have been trying to
understand every word in every phrase. In the current
section of the group read, I am pondering the following
passage (cut & pasted from the annotated P&P from the
incredible Jane Austen Info Page):
``But upon my honour I do not. I do assure you that my intimacy has not yet taught me that. Teaze calmness of
temper and presence of mind! No, no -- I feel he may defy
us there. And as to laughter, we will not expose ourselves, if you please, by attempting to laugh without a subject. Mr. Darcy may hug himself.''
Now, I've been wondering, exactly what does Miss Bingley
mean when she says "Mr. Darcy may hug himself"? From the context, I can surmise a good deal, but perhaps there is someone out there who can authoritatively clear this up for me?
Many thanks, and I hope you will forgive any lapse in netiquette, I am quite the newbie.
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