Posted by Kate on November 21, 1997 at 02:39:09:
In response to Portraits, written by lucie on November 21, 1997 at 00:45:04
] ] Portraits, the making of "likenesses" and so forth are in fact a linking theme of the novel. Lizzy uses the making of a likeness (ie drawing or painting a picture) as a metaphor during the Netherfield dance. And the moment of her seeing Darcy's portrait at Pemberley is a turning point in the novel. I think the fact that it would be difficult to make an accurate likeness of Lizzy is a way of telling us that she is a complex character of some depth - not easily represented in 2 dimensions.
] I took it that Caroline was always making remarks about "her fine eyes" and he just liked to give her a little zing when she did it,like he did when she said that Elizabeth's escapade of walking to Netherfield might have affected his admiration for her fine eyes and he replied "Not at all, they were brightened by the exercise.
You are right of course - it does relate to his sparring with Caroline. But I was trying to say that there is a running thread through the whole novel about portraits and this is one of the places where it shows up.
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