Posted by SaraDJ on December 02, 1997 at 10:10:36:
In response to His Perspective, I Mean, written by Rachel on November 29, 1997 at 23:14:04
] I just stumbled on the observation that the circumstantial evidence can be viewed that she encouraged him the whole time...It was finantially the stupidest move in the book to refuse him; an extremely rich man. Actually, I've always wondered what Mrs. Bennet would do if she knew Lizzie turned down Pemberley and 10,000 a year.
I agree with your observations that Elizabeth's actions toward Darcy could be interpreted as flirtations. Of course he has no way of knowing how his actions have soured her opinion of him.
I think the fact she did refuse him, a man of great wealth, shows how important respect and esteem are to her (this idea was discussed farther down in the thread). Like you said, what would Mrs. Bennet think if she knew? Due to the fact of the Bennet's circumstances, Elizabeth's refusal seems all the more incredible (to the thinking of the time), and drives home the point that Elizabeth would rather remain "alone" than suffer a marriage that lacks respect/love, which is also explains why she has such a very hard time accepting Charlotte's marriage to Mr. Collins.
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