Any thoughts of the adjectives below?
Adjectives used to describe Elizabeth's demeanor. "if you believe it impossible to be true, " said Elizabeth, colouring with astonishment and disdain".
further down on the same page-"your coming to LOngbourn, to see me and my family, "said Elizabeth coolly...
cool and disdain are not words most commonly associated with a young lady.
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Consider the character of Elizabeth and her attitudes and actions throughout the novel. Given the nature of her interaction with many of the other people she encounters, "cool" and "disdain" are very appropriate adjectives to apply to her conduct.
In this setting, disdain is being used to mean distaste, scorn, contempt, possibly even outright disgust although probably not that far in this instance. She is described as having spoken coolly because she is not being friendly, warm, accepting, receptive to her visitor.
In both cases, the adjectives chosen are being used to help portray Elizabeth's dominant qualities - the pride and prejudice that gave the book its title. This is not any common young lady we are reading about. This is Elizabeth Bennet, for better or for worse.
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