Posted by Sandy H. on December 04, 1997 at 09:10:30:
In response to Through Lizzy's eyes, written by Constanza on December 04, 1997 at 07:22:21
] It still amazes me that we always view Darcy as JA wishes us to see him and that our perception of him is always Elizabeth’s own. First we see him through her prejudices: a tall rich snobbish man with stiff manners. Later on, when he behaves more politely to her, we realise he is intelligent, well-read, and not a bit frivolous. Of course we are well aware that he looks down on the socially inferiors and that "he doesn’t suffer fools gladly". And there’s that matter with Wickham’s legacy and Jane and Bingley’s affair too!
] Rosing proves a turning point and as Elizabeth’s prejudices gradually start to vanish we begin to see him as a fair man who has been wrongly slandered, and who takes well care of his little sister. In Kent we notice he is kind and handsome, that he smiles frequently, has good taste and an even-temper. And he is trying hard not to be a snob!
] From then on we only discover the good facets of his character. We grow to love him as Lizzy does and when she eventually accepts him, Darcy is just the perfect mach for her !! Or anybody else for that matter ;-).
I agree that we see Darcy mostly through Lizzy's eyes. However, I started having a better opinion of him when she went to take care of her sister. He commented favorably on her eyes, and I think he was really trying then to correct the bad impression he'd made. Of course, he was still held back by being somewhat of a snob. So I couldn't have an entirely good opinion of him until Lizzy did. However, I never liked Wickham -- I didn't trust him from the beginning.
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