Occasioned pain

Illustration by Warren Chappell, Pride & Prejudice, 1950OCCASIONED

“In such cases as this, it is, I believe, the established mode to express a sense of obligation for the sentiments avowed, however unequally they may be returned. It is natural that obligation should be felt, and if I could feel gratitude, I would now thank you. But I cannot — I have never desired your good opinion, and you have certainly bestowed it most unwillingly. I am sorry to have occasioned pain to any one. It has been most unconsciously done, however, and I hope will be of short duration. The feelings which, you tell me, have long prevented the acknowledgment of your regard, can have little difficulty in overcoming it after this explanation.” Elizabeth Bennet, Pride & Prejudice, Chapter 34

The – – unqualified – – most famous – – rebuke in the in history of literature, – – bar-none!!!

After Mr. Darcy’s acidic proposal, Jane Austen occasioned Elizabeth with a response worthy of her spirit and dignity. What style, what eloquence, what aplomb! – – What a heroine!

Vouchsafed intervention

Shelves in the Closet, C.E. Brock, Pride & Prejudice Ch 14VOUCHSAFED

She had even condescended to advise him to marry as soon as he could, provided he chose with discretion; and had once paid him a visit in his humble parsonage; where she had perfectly approved all the alterations he had been making, and had even vouchsafed to suggest some herself, — some shelves in the closets up stairs.The Narrator on Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Pride & Prejudice Chapter 14

Group sigh – – roll eyes upward! Shelves in the closet? Really Lady Catherine. Talk about micro-managing!!!

Jane Austen has created one the most memorable antagonist to ever make herself officious. Is Austen making a statement through the character of Lady Catherine de Bourgh about the importance of social strata in Regency England, or is she mocking the declining aristocracy and their projected self importance?

Lady Catherine’s attention to every trifiling detail of her parishioners is both humourous and alarming. Shall we intervene, and sallie her forth into therapy and vouchsafed her treatment?

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