Darcy and hugs
Posted by Sara J on November 19, 1997 at 12:40:59:
In response to hello, and a question about "hugs", written by Sue W on November 18, 1997 at 19:47:05
] Now, I've been wondering, exactly what does Miss Bingley
] mean when she says "Mr. Darcy may hug himself"?
This topic has been discussed recently on AUSTEN-L:
(Nov. 17-18 digest, from Dorothy Willis)
"The OED gives this on "hug himself." To congratulate or felicitate oneself . . . Interestingly, the next definition is "to lie close, to cuddle." Perhaps there is an implication that Mr. Darcy may hug himself since he considers himself too good to hug [or be hugged by] anyone else! This is not unlikely, as Miss Bingley is certainly flirting with him."
I am left with the impression that Miss Bingley is being a bit sarcastic when she says it, meaning Darcy has been successful in tempering the (in his eyes foolish) impulses of the females in the room.
Hope this helps!
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