Another country heard from
Posted by MB on November 24, 1997 at 17:11:46:
In response to "Do not you feel a great inclination, Miss Bennet, to..., written by Constanza on November 21, 1997 at 11:07:29
] "Do not you feel a great inclination, Miss Bennet, to seize such an opportunity of dancing a reel?"
] What does Darcy exactly mean by that? Or is he simply attempting at a conversation?
I think that it is a sign of his ever-growing interest in her. He's trying to "feel her out" by asking her an almost teasing question. In fact, I think it's quite a daring one. The reel is a very fast, almost wild dance, not the type of thing you'd expect the conventional Darcy to participate in. I'm not sure what response he expected, but I have a feeling Elizabeth's pert answer pretty much fulfills his expectations. Hence his gallant rejoinder!
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