Friday, January 06, 2006
Pride and Prejudice
"Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery." J. Austen
How come in Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet thinks Mr. Darcy did all these bad things, and it turns out she's wrong, he didn't do them.
In my experience, the bad things often times turn out to be true, and in such cases, too true.
Perhaps Elizabeth Bennet just got lucky with Darcy. Or perhaps she came from a more well-adjusted home environment than me, with all those sisters, which is why she didn't put out until she figured it out.
Clearly, Jane Austen took certain liberties of optimism with her novel's conclusion she may not have had she been writing non-fiction. I guess that 's just the magic of fiction: the ability to manipulate fate and create a happy ending.
It seems possible to create a "happy ending" in one's life, too, but not without experiencing bouts of blind projection, and later, consciousness. This may be the point of Pride and Prejudice.
But it seems that for Elizabeth Bennet, the good news of Mr. Darcy's innocence outweighs her feeling like a complete asshole for being wrong. While Darcy helps to assuage her guilt by attributing her self-proclaimed "impertinence" to the "liveliness" of her "mind."
Perhaps it is true that, in fiction and non-fiction alike, love conquers all. But as Pride and Prejudice is a novel, I can't help but wonder if Darcy is just Jane Austen in a hot guy suit.