Posted by Cassia on November 23, 1997 at 16:05:03:
In response to Out of character, written by Dianna on November 21, 1997 at 13:11:48
] ] 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.
] ] 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.
] ] What do you think?
I think he wants to dance with her. Dancing, which could take place almost anytime and place (think of Persuasion, many a spontaneous dance there) was a way for a man to push a relationship with a woman forward. By asking her to Dance Darcy is, in part, making up for his earlier bad behaviour and saying, "I have noticed you and like what I see." Darcy is already quite susceptable to Elizabeth by this time, although she doesn't want to know it.
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