Posted by Annie3 on November 26, 1997 at 12:41:17:
In response to Darcy's feelings, written by Mark on November 26, 1997 at 10:31:10
My question is why did he propose in the first place? She was so sarcastic to him and didn't want to encourage him, yet he proposed. To top it off, he claims he discouraged Bingley from persuing Jane because he didnt' see any signs that she cared for him. What signs did he see in Lizzie? Second: why did Lizzie refuse? In her situation she wou
] ] 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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