Then Fall Caesar!
Posted by Mark on December 04, 1997 at 15:48:21:
In response to Et tu, Brute?, written by MB on December 04, 1997 at 14:57:31
] Well, Mark darling, here is where we part ways, because Bob S. have so very eloquently stated my feelings on this matter as well. After all, I think Elizabeth respects Bingley, whom she has known as long as she has Darcy, but she does not fall in love with Bingley. There's no "spark".
] However, if given the choice between (a)respect without passion or (b)passion without respect, I do think that Elizabeth would choose the former.
Well, to be completely honest, I have been struggling throughout this entire thread to get my exact feelings into words. I think your post helped me get it straight. Let me try once more...
My main objection to that infamous line is "...only the deepest of love...". That is the part I object to. I do not think Elizabeth would ever say it.
Yes, you are right (again) that she respects Bingley, but would never marry him. They just didn't have that romantic spark. It's the same when she observes Bingley and Georgianna at the Lambton Inn. They liked each other, but there was absolutely no spark there.
But I still say that she might well have married Col. Fritzwilliam if circumstances were different(He being the Elder son, or her being Emma Woodhouse for instance). There are all sorts of hints that she might. Now it wouldn't have been nearly as interesting of a story if that is what happened. But we mustn't let what we WANT to happen color our judgement as to what MIGHT happen.
There MB, will you withdraw the dagger, or do you wish to twist it some.
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