Posted by gkb on December 01, 1997 at 21:30:33:
In response to Second proposals, written by Jane Elizabeth on November 25, 1997 at 11:00:26
Not only does Elizabeth learn to understand shades of grey in her relation to Darcy, but also in relation to Charlotte. Remember how harshly she condemns Charlotte to Jane, when Jane is trying to moderate Lizzy's opinions? And when Lizzy visits Charlotte, she has to acknowledge that Charlotte is doing her best to be civil to her impossible husband. Being civil menas not letting a single impression ruin or rule one's relations with others. Lizzy and Darcy both have to learn this lesson. I do not quite see how the critics that complain of Lizzy's humiliation can overlook the humiliation inflicted upon Darcy by her rejection of his hand. "By you I was properly humbled" he says. I think, in the end, they suffer and love in equal measure.
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