My take on Darcy's intentions that night
Posted by Bob S. on December 05, 1997 at 17:19:09:
In response to His proposal, written by Constanza on December 05, 1997 at 16:10:02
] ] What clues do you see that he did make up his mind before hand?
] That he went there! He wouldn't have risk his going otherwise! His inner fight takes place before he arrives at the rectory, throught all his stay at Rosings (that is why he keeps postponing his departure). He is unsettled because it is the first time he acts against his convictions! He does not propose on the spurr of the moment!
] If he had doubted he would have taken himself away, ie the "Binbley proceeding": out of sight...
OK, let me try.....
I think Darcy went to Hunsford that night because he was disappointed at not seeing Elizabeth on his last night at Rosings and because he was concerned about her health. I think that his plans were to get aid for her ailment if she needed it or, if she didn't need aid, talk to her for a few minutes and then leave. I don't think that as he went there he was thinking: "I am going to propose to her"; but I think that he was thinking: "I really like her and she would make a fine wife if it weren't for her really inferior connections." However, when he saw her he realized (or: finally admitted to himself) that he really loved her and he blurted out the proposal.
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