Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Here is Where the Protagonist Changes

Chapter XXXIV
Truthfully, Darcy has been behaving oddly lately, and this next exploit pushes Elizabeth over the edge: Mr. Darcy pays another private visit to her at the parsonage and exclaims,
“In vain have I struggled.  It will not do.  My feelings will not be repressed.  You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” 
Yet, all she can focus on is his confident expectation for a favorable reply and then how pitiful she feels for him that she is about to reject his proposal of marriage.  She rejects him for ruining her sister’s happiness and for reducing Mr. Wickham to poverty.  When Darcy walks out the door, the pleasure of the thought of his affections for her immediately disappears when she reconsiders his arrogance toward others.  She feels right about her emotions.

Chapter XXXV
The next morning, during Elizabeth’s solitary walk, she encounters Mr. Darcy who hands her a letter, and in her greatest curiosity she reads it.   Mr. Darcy gives an account of himself on the two accusations made of him by Elizabeth: on the point concerning Jane, he is only sure that Jane had not returned the same interest or affection for Bingley as he did for her, and, yet, Darcy meant no harm toward Jane; and on the second issue regarding Mr. Wickham, Darcy demonstrates how Wickham was deceptive about his studies, and instead was idle and unrestrained; in addition, he plotted to elope with Darcy’s sister in order to obtain her fortune, but Darcy put an end to it in time.  Elizabeth should be speechless…

Chapter XXXVI
Elizabeth revisited several passages of the letter again because she did not want to believe what she saw before her eyes, especially that of her sister’s insincerity, but the more she evaluated the charges, the more it became clear: even Charlotte had predicted that Jane’s nonchalance would not be helpful to the reception of Mr. Bingley.  In addition, no matter how she turned it over in her mind with Mr. Wickham, she came to realize that Darcy was correct.  Everything is making sense now that she has a different side of the truth.  Shame is setting in; she had been absolutely prejudiced!

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