Posted by Helen on November 23, 1997 at 10:02:08:
In response to protraits, likenesses etc, written by Kate on November 20, 1997 at 19:50:13
] 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 thought this a very interesting point, as were the follow-up comments. It is striking that portraits crop up such a lot in a novel which is so engaged with the relationship between external appearance and internal value - eg. Darcy's dismissal of Elizabeth based on her not being "handsome enough" at first glance; Elizabeth's comment (won't spoil by saying on whom) "one of them has all the appearance of goodness and the other has all the substance"; the original title of the novel as "first impressions".
"There is an art/ To find a man's construction in his face" as Shakespeare so rightly comments ;-)
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