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Re: "...Not that there's anything wrong with that."

April 19, 2015 09:22PM
IMO thinking that Lizzy dislikes Darcy is a stronger reason for Mr. Bennet to worry that she’ll be unhappy than thinking he’s gay.

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let me not have the grief of seeing you unable to respect your partner in life

I take this to mean Mr. Bennet doesn’t want Lizzy to make the same mistake he did. To me it’s a poignant moment; we get a brief look at what’s behind the humor he usually arms himself with.

Plus, it’s only once Lizzy convinces Mr. Bennet that she does truly care for Darcy that he is reconciled to the match.

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…at length, by repeated assurances that Mr. Darcy was really the object of her choice, by explaining the gradual change which her estimation of him had undergone, relating her absolute certainty that his affection was not the work of a day, but had stood the test of many months suspense, and enumerating with energy all his good qualities, she did conquer her father's incredulity, and reconcile him to the match.

"Well, my dear," said he, when she ceased speaking, "I have no more to say. If this be the case, he deserves you. I could not have parted with you, my Lizzy, to any one less worthy."

If his real concern was Darcy being gay I would think that the more convinced he is that Lizzy cares for Darcy the more he’d worry about her being hurt when she finds out the truth. If she’d been marrying Darcy for his wealth (as Mr. Bennet first feared) and didn’t much like him she might be Ok with him having other interests and leaving her alone much of the time.

Also, if Darcy were marrying in order to disguise his nature it’s unlikely IMO he would choose Lizzy. He could easily marry someone with better connections ect. He could marry his cousin like his Aunt wants him to, unite the two estates and use her poor health as an excuse to leave her at Pemberley while he spends much of his time in London ect. The only reason for him to marry Lizzy is if he’s actually in love with her or at least attracted to her. I think Mr. Bennet is too perceptive not to realize this. Mr. Bennet might be concerned that Darcy’s passion will wear off (hence Lizzy’s assurance that his affection had stood the test of time) but I can’t see him worrying that he would want her if he’s not attracted to her in the first place.

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In Mr. Bennet's line about Darcy never looking at women, the implicit message seems to be, Don't worry that this man never thought you attractive or tempting. He is not the kind of man to ever look at women anyway.

If he were saying this at the time Darcy made the “not tolerable comment” that would make sense but a year later?

Also, Mr. Darcy is richer and has better connection than the Bennets but he doesn’t outrank them so much that he just demand Lizzy as his wife and they are forced to comply. IMO Mr. Bennet is using humourous exageration when he says he couldn’t refuse Darcy anything.
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"...Not that there's anything wrong with that."

RedsonApril 19, 2015 01:50PM

Consider a third party's input as a factor

Femme MalheureuseApril 21, 2015 08:34PM

Re: Consider a third party's input as a factor

AmytatApril 21, 2015 11:50PM

Elizabeth was uncertain - why not Mr. Bennet as well?

Femme MalheureuseApril 22, 2015 01:09AM

Re: Elizabeth was uncertain - why not Mr. Bennet as well?

AmytatApril 22, 2015 01:47AM

Now you have got me thinking outside the box--or boxer briefs--again

RedsonApril 21, 2015 09:59PM

Re: Now you have got me thinking outside the box--or boxer briefs--again

AmytatApril 22, 2015 12:03AM

Yes, but again employing my renegade reasoning...

RedsonApril 22, 2015 12:31AM

Re: Yes, but again employing my renegade reasoning...

Jim D.April 27, 2015 06:17AM

Chapter 45

AmytatApril 27, 2015 08:14PM

Re: Chapter 45

Jim D.April 27, 2015 10:43PM

Re: Yes, but again employing my renegade reasoning...

RedsonApril 27, 2015 11:55AM

Re: Yes, but again employing my renegade reasoning...

Jim D.April 27, 2015 10:45PM

Re: Yes, but again employing my renegade reasoning...

RedsonApril 28, 2015 12:32AM

Sorry to cause confusion!

AmytatApril 28, 2015 01:04AM

No problem, Amytat. I only brought it up for Jim D's sake. (nfm)

RedsonApril 28, 2015 02:16AM

Re: Yes, but again employing my renegade reasoning...

Jim D.April 28, 2015 12:44AM

But that would not explain why Darcy wanted to marry Elizabeth.

GracielaApril 22, 2015 10:07PM

as a fanfic plot...

Harvey S.April 22, 2015 09:45PM

Re: as a fanfic plot...

RedsonApril 22, 2015 11:36PM

Re: as a fanfic plot...

Jim D.April 27, 2015 06:32AM

Plot bunnies--or maybe, plot skunks?

RedsonApril 27, 2015 12:05PM

Re: Plot bunnies--or maybe, plot skunks?

Jim D.April 27, 2015 10:51PM

Re: Plot bunnies--or maybe, plot skunks?

RedsonApril 28, 2015 02:25AM

Re: Plot bunnies--or maybe, plot skunks?

Jim D.April 28, 2015 03:55AM

Re: Yes, but again employing my renegade reasoning...

Agnes BeatrixApril 22, 2015 11:26AM

Re: Yes, but again employing my renegade reasoning...

RedsonApril 23, 2015 12:47AM

Re: Yes, but again employing my renegade reasoning...

Agnes BeatrixApril 23, 2015 11:51AM

To clarify somewhat better...

Agnes BeatrixApril 23, 2015 12:11PM

Re: To clarify somewhat better...

RedsonApril 23, 2015 04:20PM

Okay, Agnes, let me try again

RedsonApril 23, 2015 04:32PM

Re: Okay, Agnes, let me try again

Agnes BeatrixApril 23, 2015 08:31PM

If we’re talking about potential fanfiction

AmytatApril 25, 2015 03:22AM

Re: If we’re talking about potential fanfiction

Jim D.April 27, 2015 06:36AM

Re: If we’re talking about potential fanfiction

Jim G.MApril 27, 2015 10:47AM

Robinson and Man Friday

Agnes BeatrixApril 27, 2015 08:47PM

Re: Robinson and Man Friday

Jim G.MApril 27, 2015 10:29PM

Re: Robinson and Man Friday

Agnes BeatrixApril 28, 2015 09:50AM

Re: Robinson and Man Friday

Jim G.MApril 28, 2015 11:55AM

Re: Yes, but again employing my renegade reasoning...

AmytatApril 22, 2015 01:25AM

Re: Yes, but again employing my renegade reasoning...

RedsonApril 23, 2015 12:19AM

Re: Yes, but again employing my renegade reasoning...

AmytatApril 24, 2015 12:59PM

I meant so would he also be in good hands (nfm)

RedsonApril 22, 2015 12:34AM

* snort! * (nfm) (nfm)

Femme MalheureuseApril 22, 2015 12:51AM

Re: Now you have got me thinking outside the box--or boxer briefs--again

Harvey S.April 21, 2015 11:13PM

Glad to provide some food for thought

Femme MalheureuseApril 22, 2015 12:50AM

Re: Now you have got me thinking outside the box--or boxer briefs--again

Jim G.MApril 21, 2015 10:29PM

Re: Now you have got me thinking outside the box--or boxer briefs--again

RedsonApril 22, 2015 12:40AM

Re: Now you have got me thinking outside the box--or boxer briefs--again

Jim G.MApril 22, 2015 10:52AM

Oh, then I was confused,

AmytatApril 22, 2015 02:32AM

It's a confusing subject, hard to keep it straight winking smiley

RedsonApril 22, 2015 03:19AM

Re: It's a confusing subject, hard to keep it straight winking smiley

AmytatApril 24, 2015 12:53PM

Re: It's a confusing subject, hard to keep it straight winking smiley

RedsonApril 25, 2015 02:13AM

Re: It's a confusing subject, hard to keep it straight winking smiley

MarionApril 22, 2015 11:41PM

Is that true about Catholic priests? They only look at women...

RedsonApril 23, 2015 12:27AM

Life in England in 1813

Jim G.MApril 22, 2015 11:51AM

And what would be that "incontrovertible evidence"?

GracielaApril 22, 2015 04:46AM

Re: And what would be that "incontrovertible evidence"?

AmytatApril 23, 2015 12:05AM

Ha, ha! I read your story and was wondering

GracielaApril 23, 2015 05:40PM

Can't write what one can't conceive

Femme MalheureuseApril 22, 2015 12:26AM

Re: "...Not that there's anything wrong with that."

Jean M.April 20, 2015 10:25PM

Re: "...Not that there's anything wrong with that."

MarionApril 20, 2015 01:49AM

Re: "...Not that there's anything wrong with that."

Redson26April 20, 2015 02:45AM

Apologies--I mistyped my name as Redson 26

RedsonApril 20, 2015 11:22AM

Re: "...Not that there's anything wrong with that."

Jim D.April 19, 2015 03:09PM

Re: "...Not that there's anything wrong with that."

RedsonApril 19, 2015 05:23PM

Okay, I have re-read my argument... (closing words?)

RedsonApril 20, 2015 11:46AM

Re: Okay, I have re-read my argument... (closing words?)

AmytatApril 21, 2015 12:09AM

Re: "...Not that there's anything wrong with that."

AmytatApril 19, 2015 09:22PM

one more thought Re: "...Not that there's anything wrong with that."

AmytatApril 19, 2015 11:00PM

Re: "...Not that there's anything wrong with that."

Jim D.April 19, 2015 08:53PM

Oh, wow!

Jim G.MApril 19, 2015 06:33PM

And to add to that...

RedsonApril 19, 2015 05:31PM

JA wouldn't have discussed such a topic...

Janice H.April 19, 2015 07:34PM

Really?

RedsonApril 19, 2015 09:30PM

Re: Really?

Janice HApril 23, 2015 02:58PM

Re: Really?

Jim G.MApril 19, 2015 10:02PM

Re: Really?

RedsonApril 19, 2015 10:21PM

Re: Really?

Jim G.MApril 19, 2015 11:15PM

Re: JA wouldn't have discussed such a topic...

GabbyCApril 19, 2015 09:12PM

Re: JA wouldn't have discussed such a topic...

RedsonApril 19, 2015 10:05PM

Re: "...Not that there's anything wrong with that."

Jim G.MApril 19, 2015 03:01PM

Re: "...Not that there's anything wrong with that."

AmytatApril 19, 2015 10:11PM

Remember/: "...Not that there's anything wrong with that."

Rae ElaineApril 19, 2015 09:04PM

Re: Remember/: "...Not that there's anything wrong with that."

RedsonApril 19, 2015 10:42PM



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