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N.B: The highlighting, comments in square brackets [ ] and almost all the italics are mine, and the numbers in round brackets ( ) are
paragraph numbers (more or less accurate, I hope!) taken from the pop-up text from the P&P board at Pemberley. If theres anything
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Ch. 18 (8) ON: When the dancing recommenced, however, and Darcy approached to claim [Elizabeths] hand, Charlotte
could not help cautioning her in a whisper not to be a simpleton, and allow her fancy for Wickham to make her appear unpleasant in
the eyes of a man of ten times his consequence.
Ch.18 (41) Caroline Bingley at the Netherfield ball: I pity you, Miss Eliza, for this discovery of your favourite's guilt.
Ch.24: (26 + 27) Mr. Bennet treated the matter differently Now is your time. Here are officers enough at Meryton to disappoint all the young ladies in the country. Let Wickham be your man. He is a pleasant fellow, and would jilt you creditably."
Elizabeth: "Thank you, sir, but a less agreeable man would satisfy me. We must not all expect Jane's good fortune."
Ch.25 (18) ON: When the engagement was for home, some of the officers always made part of it -- of which officers Mr. Wickham was sure to be one; and on these occasions Mrs. Gardiner, rendered suspicious by Elizabeth's warm commendation of him, narrowly observed them both. Without supposing them, from what she saw, to be very seriously in love, their preference of each other was plain enough to make her a little uneasy; and she resolved to speak to Elizabeth on the subject before she left Hertfordshire, and represent to her the imprudence of encouraging such an attachment.
Ch.26: (2) Mrs. Gardiner: "You are too sensible a girl, Lizzy, to fall in love merely because you are warned against it; and therefore I am not afraid of speaking openly. Seriously, I would have you be on your guard. Do not involve yourself or endeavour to involve him in an affection which the want of fortune would make so very imprudent But as it is, you must not let your fancy run away with you. You have sense, and we all expect you to use it. Your father would depend on your resolution and good conduct, I am sure. You must not disappoint your father."
26 (7) Elizabeth: " At present I am not in love with Mr. Wickham; no, I certainly am not. But he is, beyond all comparison, the most agreeable man I ever saw -- and if he becomes really attached to me -- I believe it will be better that he should not. I see the imprudence of it. -- Oh! that abominable Mr. Darcy! -- My father's opinion of me does me the greatest honor, and I should be miserable to forfeit it. My father, however, is partial to Mr. Wickham. In short, my dear aunt, I should be very sorry to be the means of making any of you unhappy; but since we see every day that where there is affection, young people are seldom withheld by immediate want of fortune from entering into engagements with each other, how can I promise to be wiser than so many of my fellow-creatures if I am tempted, or how am I even to know that it would be wisdom to resist? All that I can promise you, therefore, is not to be in a hurry. I will not be in a hurry to believe myself his first object. When I am in company with him, I will not be wishing. In short, I will do my best."
26 (8-9) Aunt Gardiner: "Perhaps it will be as well if you discourage his coming here so very often. At least, you should not remind your mother of inviting him."
Elizabeth: "As I did the other day," said Elizabeth, with a conscious smile; "very true, it will be wise in me to refrain from that But really, and upon my honour, I will try to do what I think to be wisest; and now I hope you are satisfied."
26 (29) ON: Mrs. Gardiner about this time reminded Elizabeth of her promise concerning that gentleman, and required information; and Elizabeth had such to send as might rather give contentment to her aunt than to herself. His apparent partiality had subsided, his attentions were over, he was the admirer of some one else. Elizabeth was watchful enough to see it all, but she could see it and write of it without material pain. Her heart had been but slightly touched [but it was a little touched, IMO], and her vanity was satisfied with believing that she would have been his only choice, had fortune permitted it. The sudden acquisition of ten thousand pounds was the most remarkable charm of the young lady to whom he was now rendering himself agreeable; but Elizabeth, less clear-sighted perhaps in his case than in Charlotte's, did not quarrel with him for his wish of independence. Nothing, on the contrary, could be more natural; and while able to suppose that it cost him a few struggles to relinquish her, she was ready to allow it a wise and desirable measure for both, and could very sincerely wish him happy.
26 (30) All this was acknowledged to Mrs. Gardiner; and after relating the circumstances, she thus went on: -- "I am now convinced, my dear aunt, that I have never been much in love [but she was a little]; for had I really experienced that pure and elevating passion, I should at present detest his very name, and wish him all manner of evil. But my feelings are not only cordial towards him; they are even impartial towards Miss King. I cannot find out that I hate her at all, or that I am in the least unwilling to think her a very good sort of girl. There can be no love in all this. My watchfulness has been effectual; and though I should certainly be a more interesting object to all my acquaintance were I distractedly in love with him, I cannot say that I regret my comparative insignificance. Importance may sometimes be purchased too dearly. Kitty and Lydia take his defection much more to heart than I do. They are young in the ways of the world, and not yet open to the mortifying conviction that handsome young men must have something to live on as well as the plain." [shes not exactly impartial yet, IMO]
27 (7) Mrs. Gardiner then rallied [teased] her niece on Wickham's desertion, and complimented her on bearing it so well.
27 (9) Elizabeth: "Pray, my dear aunt, what is the difference in matrimonial affairs between the mercenary and the prudent motive? Where does discretion end, and avarice begin? Last Christmas you were afraid of his marrying me, because it would be imprudent; and now, because he is trying to get a girl with only ten thousand pounds, you want to find out that he is mercenary."
27 (13) Elizabeth: "No -- why should he [have paid any attention to Miss King previously]? If it were not allowable for him to gain my affections because I had no money, what occasion could there be for making love to a girl whom he did not care about, and who was equally poor?"
27 (15) Elizabeth: "A man in distressed circumstances has not time for all those elegant decorums which other people may observe. If she does not object to it, why should we?" [Shes still making excuses for him.]
Ch. 35 (5) Darcys letter: If, in the explanation of [my actions and motives], which is due to myself, I am under the necessity of relating feelings which may be offensive to yours, I can only say that I am sorry.
35 (9) Darcys letter: Here again I shall give you pain [by telling the truth about Wickham]-- to what degree you only can tell. But whatever may be the sentiments which Mr. Wickham has created, a suspicion of their nature shall not prevent me from unfolding his real character -- it adds even another motive.
Ch.45 (10) ON: At Pemberley: While [Elizabeth] spoke, an involuntary glance shewed her Darcy, with an heightened complexion, earnestly looking at her.
45 (11) ON: Her brother, whose eye [Georgiana] feared to meet, scarcely recollected her interest in the affair. [Darcy is worried that Elizabeth might still have some romantic feelings for Wickham, not thinking about what happened to Georgiana, IMO.]
How Elizabeth Feels About Colonel Fitzwilliam
Ch.30 (9) ON: Colonel Fitzwilliam, who led the way, was about thirty, not handsome, but in person and address most truly the
30 (10) ON: Colonel Fitzwilliam entered into conversation directly with the readiness and ease of a well-bred man, and talked very pleasantly.
Ch.31 (1) ON: Colonel Fitzwilliam's manners were very much admired at the Parsonage, and the ladies all felt that he must add considerably to the pleasure of their engagements at Rosings.
31 (3) ON: [Col. Fitzwilliam] now seated himself by [Elizabeth], and talked so agreeably of Kent and Hertfordshire, of travelling and staying at home, of new books and music, that Elizabeth had never been half so well entertained in that room before; and they conversed with so much spirit and flow, as to draw the attention of Lady Catherine herself, as well as of Mr. Darcy.
31 (12-26 the piano scene at Rosings) I wont write the whole thing out, but I contend that in this scene Elizabeth is mainly flirting with Colonel Fitzwilliam, not Darcy.
Ch.32 (28) ON: in the nearness of the Parsonage, or the pleasantness of the walk to it, or of the people who lived in it, the two cousins found a temptation from this period of walking thither almost every day. They called at various times of the morning, sometimes separately, sometimes together, and now and then accompanied by their aunt. It was plain to them all that Colonel Fitzwilliam came because he had pleasure in their society, a persuasion which of course recommended him still more; and Elizabeth was reminded by her own satisfaction in being with him, as well as by his evident admiration for her, of her former favourite George Wickham; and though, in comparing them, she saw there was less captivating softness in Colonel Fitzwilliam's manners, she believed he might have the best informed mind.
Ch.33 (1) ON: [Darcy] seemed to expect that whenever she came into Kent again she would be staying [at Rosings] too. His words seemed to imply it. Could he have Colonel Fitzwilliam in his thoughts? [Elizabeth] supposed, if he meant anything, he must mean an allusion to what might arise in that quarter. It distressed her a little [IMO because she thinks Darcy is being premature in his hints about Col. F., not because she would rather have Darcy at this point!], and she was quite glad to find herself at the gate in the pales opposite the Parsonage.
Ch.33 (13-15) Col. Fitzwilliam: "Our habits of expence make us too dependant, and there are not many in my rank of life who can afford to marry without some attention to money."
"Is this," thought Elizabeth, "meant for me?" and she coloured at the idea; but, recovering herself, said in a lively tone, "And pray, what is the usual price of an earl's younger son? Unless the elder brother is very sickly, I suppose you would not ask above fifty thousand pounds."
He answered her in the same style, and the subject dropped. To interrupt a silence which might make him fancy her affected with what had passed [of course she was somewhat affected, but it wasnt DONE to show it], she soon afterwards said
Ch.34 (2-3) ON: She could not think of Darcy's leaving Kent without remembering that his cousin was to go with him; but Colonel Fitzwilliam had made it clear that he had no intentions at all, and agreeable as he was, she did not mean to be unhappy about him.
While settling this point, she was suddenly roused by the sound of the door-bell, and her spirits were a little fluttered by the idea of its being Colonel Fitzwilliam himself, who had once before called late in the evening, and might now come to inquire particularly after her.
Ch.36 (13) ON: [Elizabeth] was immediately told that the two gentlemen from Rosings had each called during her absence; Mr. Darcy, only for a few minutes to take leave -- but that Colonel Fitzwilliam had been sitting with them at least an hour, hoping for her return, and almost resolving to walk after her till she could be found. Elizabeth could but just affect concern in missing him; she really rejoiced at it. Colonel Fitzwilliam was no longer an object [but he had been at one time]; she could think only of her letter.