Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Blinded by Looks

"Besides, there was truth in his looks." (pg. 87)

When Elizabeth first meets George Wickham, she instantly feels a connection with him. In this passage, Liz is talking to her sister about how Wickham told her about how Darcy cut him off after the death of Darcy's father. Jane has a hard time believing that Darcy would do such a thing, but Liz believes it and defends what Wickham said. Austen's diction in this sentence points to the fact that Liz had been blinded by Wickham's "looks". She is thinking rather on how Wickham looks than to what she knows of Darcy. Again, her prejudice toward Darcy helps her to be decieved by Wickham.

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