Posted by Mark on November 21, 1997 at 10:16:03:
In response to She gets on Darcy's nerves too (IMO), written by Ro on November 20, 1997 at 20:51:18
] I think he enjoys a bit of Caroline knocking (all the more because she usually doesn't get it).
Ever notice this bit of dialogue?
`Is Miss Darcy much grown since the spring?'' said Miss Bingley; ``will she be as tall as I am?''
``I think she will. She is now about Miss Elizabeth Bennet's height, or rather taller.''
Here Miss Bingley is trying to compare herself with Darcy's beloved sister. Instead, he compares her to Lizzy!
Extremely subtle and telling, don't you think? I don't know if he knowingly did it or not, but it certain reveals the inner workings of his mind.
Oh, and later on in the same chapter comes one of my favorite interchanges in literature:
``Eliza Bennet,'' said Miss Bingley, when the door was closed on her, ``is one of those young ladies who seek to recommend themselves to the other sex by undervaluing their own, and with many men, I dare say, it succeeds. But, in my opinion, it is a paltry device, a very mean art.''
``Undoubtedly,'' replied Darcy, to whom this remark was chiefly addressed, ``there is meanness in all the arts which ladies sometimes condescend to employ for captivation. Whatever bears affinity to cunning is despicable.''
Miss Bingley was not so entirely satisfied with this reply as to continue the subject.
Ka-zing!! I love it. I love it. I love it.
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