I agree with your position. Big surprise, right?
Posted by Mark on December 03, 1997 at 10:45:37:
In response to Seeing both sides, written by MB on December 02, 1997 at 17:29:34
] ] ] Charlotte was smart enough to work out from pretty early on that Darcy was interested in Lizzy - it is because of Lizzy, according to Charlotte, that he comes to visit her so early in his stay at Rosings, then Charlotte declares "he must be in love with you" when he comes to visit Lizzy at the parsonage, and then she spends a lot of time watching him, trying to work out what he thinks of Lizzy.
] ] ] She had him picked much better than Lizzy did.
Markie Touché, Sis!
] ] I'm not entirely sure if I fully agree with you on that. If you read further after each of your references, perfectly plausible explainations are given of his actions that require little admiration at all. I think all you can safely say is that she doesn't dismiss the possibility of his interest out of hand, which is precisely what Elizabeth is doing.
] ] The first time anyone sees geniune admiration in Darcy's behaviour that I am aware, is at the Lambton Inn when he introduces Georgianna.
] Hope this doesn't sound like fence-sitting, but I think that you both make good points. I think that Charlotte combines perception and wishful thinking in her assessment of Darcy's interest.
Yes, Charlotte does combine perception and wishful thinking. Her suspicions are definitely aroused, but she doesn't seem to draw any firm conclusions, unlike the Gardiners at Lambton.
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