Posted by Mark on November 26, 1997 at 10:31:10:
In response to it's irony, not a direct comment, written by Kate on November 25, 1997 at 17:56:49
] 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.
I rather suspect that "offended" and "outrage" do not adequately describe Darcy's feelings. I suspect "wary" is closer. "Once burned, twice shy", I believe is the phrase.
Notice his second proposal didn't mention "wife", "bride", "husband", "hand", or even "marriage". He merely asked if her feelings had changed.
But we are getting ahead of ourselves on the reading schedule, are we not?
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