A New Perspective
Posted by Rachel on November 29, 1997 at 14:52:13:
As I read this book over, I am realizing that I can see Darcy's original POV. I can see where he might (misguidedly) think that Lizzie is encouraging him. At Sir William's party, she goes up and talk to him. When she is about to sing, she directs her comments to him. All her arguments (Netherfield, Kent, Meryton) could all be seen as her flirting. She does dance with him at the Netherfield Ball, and earlier she defends him at Netherfield to Mrs. Bennet (not that he really needed defending). At Kent, she tells him that she "walks this way often," which could be seen that she's saying, "Hey, come see me!"
Thus, I think that when Darcy deluded himself that Lizzie wanted him to propose to him; that she was in love with him, I think he had a decent case for it. I never really noticed it before, always laughing to myself and saying, "Ha! What a vain loonie!" Now I say, "Aww. Poor dude. Too bad he can't see things as they are; ignorance is bliss, I guess"
Sorry for taking up so much time, but I am marveling at this new circumstance.
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