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"an excellent consolation in its way, " said Elizabeth, "but it will not do for us. We...

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Posted September 14, 2011 at 12:31 AM via web

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"an excellent consolation in its way, " said Elizabeth, "but it will not do for us. We do not suffer by accident. It does not often happen...."

the crux of the statement is in the italics. Elizabeth is firming up her independence ."us" signifies a new , modern on the cultural/political horizon.

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 14, 2011 at 2:02 AM (Answer #1)

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It would be very acceptable to submit that the way in which Elizabeth uses the pronoun "us" in connection to the word "accidentally" denotes Elizabeth's detachment from the common mentality of women of the Regency era. What Elizabeth is saying, basically, is that people of her social status are at the mercy of those in a higher status because those upper-class people who mingle with the middle classes are prone to be warned against such kinds of relationships. A typical woman of her time would have taken that at face value and with no complaints. However, Elizabeth's firm independence rests in that she openly declared this tendency among the rich. She does mind her words or manners, and says it like it is. That is how she reaffirms her independence of thought and action.

These words by Elizabeth,

“An excellent consolation in its way,” said Elizabeth; “but it will not do for us. We do not suffer by accident. It does not often happen that the interference of friends will persuade a young man of independent fortune to think no more of a girl whom he was violently in love with only a few days before.”

Are spoken on behalf of her sister, Jane, to Mrs. Gardiner. Both women were speaking about the apparent break up between Jane and Mr. Bingley, and how Mr. Bingley could have been such a nice suitor for Jane.

Elizabeth adores her sister and knows something else will show up in the horizon. However, when she speaks these words above, she is stating what was said before: Here is poor Jane left floating about while the man that had been so promising to her got easily persuaded by his jet set friends to stay away from Jane.

The use of the word "us" identifies Elizabeth and her class: People of good name, but lesser fortune, many of whom aim to reach a higher rank in society by marrying well. The word "by accident" refers to the sad reality of their powerlessness compared to the big aristocratic classes. Again, the fact that Elizabeth has a clear opinion about this unfair situation asserts her independence, and empowers her ego. It certainly is quite a strong feat to believe in something and denounce when something is unfair.

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