Posted by Laura Wallace on November 21, 1997 at 21:40:17:
In response to Dancing, written by Constanza on November 21, 1997 at 12:43:24
It seems extrange that Darcy would ask Elizabeth for a dance at a moment when nobody is dancing and would put him "in evidence" and moreover subject him to some extra "teasing" from Caroline Bingley.
Impromptu dancing in the drawing room after dinner is by no means unheard of. Lydia certainly tried to do so every time there were partners and a piano available! Also, although Darcy finds Caroline annoying, he doesn't give a button for her opinion.
I though that it was, perhaps, a theoretic questions, meaning something like: " this song is very lively, you are so fond of music, doesn't it make you want to dance, etc." without it being an actual invitation.
I agree, but I think that if she had said yes, he would have taken her up on it with alacrity.
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