it's irony, not a direct comment
Posted by Kate on November 25, 1997 at 17:56:49:
In response to Second Proposal, written by Laura on November 25, 1997 at 16:08:19
] Oh dear, how to say this without muddling it up. I always took it that Darcy would overlook her rejection of him, because of her declaration to him. And of course, because of where she got her information. I don't think Darcy thought ill of her because she rejected him. Elizabeth rejected the person she thought he was and accepted the person he really was.
I agree, actually. I just find this whole episode interesting because it's a little ironic comment on the agonies E has to go through waiting and hoping for D to ask again.
] At the Netherfield Ball scene when Darcy and Elizabeth part there is a part where it explains how his anger towards her turned to the appropriate person. I don't have the book in front of me so I can't quote. I don't think he was ever angry at her, just surprised.
I think he might have been angry with her when she turned him down. Indeed he says "I was angry perhaps at first, but my anger soon began to take a proper direction".
I think Austen is commenting on how great Darcy was by saying that he wasn't offended or outraged about the idea of having to ask again, even though Elizabeth thinks that any man would be affronted by the idea.
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