Pride and Prejudice - Dialogue

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  • Pride and Prejudice - Dialogue
    • Patterns reveal relationships
      • 'If one could but go to Brighton' observed Mrs Bennet - 'Oh yes!' if one could but go to Brighton!' (Lydia)
        • Lydia echoes her mother - similarities - irrational, uncontrolled, overexcited
    • Contrasts between the Bennet sisters
      • Lizzy: 'Mr Collins is a conceited, pompous, narrow-minded, silly man'
        • Extent of adjectives - derogatory. Lizzy is happy to be heard and judging
      • Jane: 'I must think your language too strong in speaking of both...We must not be to ready to fancy ourselves intentionally injured'
        • Jane is more tolerant - the share responsibility of "We"
    • Reveals wit and playfulness of character
      • Mr Bennet: 'Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr Collins and I will never see you again if you do'
        • Mirror of syntax - witty and clever - epigrammatically
    • To reveal a character's thought process and emotional state (or lack of)
      • Mr Collins' proposal: 'Perhaps it would be advisable for me to state my reasons for marrying...are first...secondly...thirdlyAnd now nothing remains for me to assure you in the most animated language of the violence of my affection'
        • An essay, includes time markers; a business deal
      • Darcy's Proposal 1: 'In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you'
        • Construction and commanding; Darcy hasn't had his epiphany yet - internal conflict - short, staccato, spontaneous
      • Darcy's Proposal 2: 'It taught me to hope' said he 'as I had scarcely ever allowed myself to hope before. I knew enough of your disposition to be certain that, you have been absolutely, irrevocably decided against me, you would have acknowledged it to Lady Catherine, frankly and openly'
        • Sincere, he's learned; it's coherent, fluid, ordered, no staccato - Darcy has observed her and accepts her as his equal

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