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Re: Small puzzles...

December 15, 2017 06:00AM
I've mentally intertwined some aspects of the book and movies, so i may have this wrong, but
--if Mrs. Phillips did yell from her window for Lydia and company to come up (when the girls met Wickham), I would say that is evidence of her vulgarity. Granted, Darcy wasn't around for that, but it would give evidence of her general behavior. She's also described as being close to her sister, a woman I would describe as rather common in behavior.

Is there some instance of Mrs. Phillips' behavior at the assembly or the ball?

As for Darcy, I read his comments as those of what we would call a snob. He's rolled into a small market town filled with people who loudly gossip about him within his earshot. It isn't likely he attends too many public assemblies and people any balls/assemblies he'd attend in London would have been much different (not necessarily better). They don't dress like he and his party and they behave differently than his usual group.

He decides they're beneath his notice. His friend has "fallen" for the local beauty, whose mother is loud and a bit uncouth and he has his friend Caroline Bingley there to commiserate and have "fun." They did what people often do in those situations--gossip and make fun of people they don't really know based on a brief acquaintance.

Elizabeth and Jane were essentially doing the same thing after the assembly (Jane just isn't snarky enough for Elizabeth to get too carried away).


Jim G.M Wrote:
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> Nothing to raise excitement levels, but just a cou
> ple of small items in Pride and Prejudice that see
> med against the grain and have always puzzled me:
>
> " Mr's Phillips's vulgarity".. a tax on Darcy's fo
> rebearance. I found this surprising as during the
> story Mr's Phillips was never quoted as being vulg
> ar in any particular way. Why was she suddenly quo
> ted so in the last chapter?
>
> Darcy is quoted as as viewing Lizzie initially thu
> s:
>
> " Mr. Darcy had at first scarcely allowed her to b
> e pretty; he had looked at her without admiration
> at the ball; and when they next met, he looked at
> her only to criticise. But no sooner had he made i
> t clear to himself and his friends that she hardly
> had a good feature in her face, than he began to f
> ind it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the
> beautiful expression of her dark eyes".
>
> Seems odd behaviour for a gentleman, even one as p
> roud as Darcy to speak so of a lady, moreso in lig
> ht of him never actually doing or saying anything
> else really bad in the whole story? (His behaviour
> re-Bingley and Jane was done believing he was doin
> g Bingley a favour of course).
>
>
>
> Nither point is critical to anything, I just found
> them both a little odd.
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Small puzzles...

Jim G.MDecember 14, 2017 08:33PM

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Mr. Phillip's vulgarity

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