Darcy on "Irresolution"
Posted by Bob S. on November 21, 1997 at 19:48:49:
In response to Bingley's easily persuaded, written by Constanza on November 21, 1997 at 09:28:51
] "if, as you were mounting your horse, a friend were to say, "Bingley, you had better stay till next week," you would probably do it, you would probably not go -- and at another word, might stay a month".
] I think here Darcy describes his friend very well and provides us with a "clue" (spoiler****) of what will happen later on when Bingley will be easily persuaded that Jane does not love him.
And later on in the same discussion there is a passage which has always bothered me. Elizabeth says to Darcy:
"To yield readily - easily - to the persuasion of a friend is no merit with you."
And he replies:
"To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of either."
Darcy is saying that he does not approve of wishy-washy people and I can see him overlooking Bingley's lack of resolution out of friendship, but what bothers me is that Darcy uses this character trait more than once to manipulate Bingley. Darcy's comment also implies that that the persuader is also to be censured in this situation, but that didn't seem to bother him when he and Bingley were in London. For someone who has a reputation of standing (and judging others) by his convictions, he seems to me to be showing a significant inconsistancy here.
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