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Apr 2nd 2011 at 7:32:33 AM •••

Cut from under Completely Missing the Point:

"For our world, anyone who claims Darcy and Elizabeth demonstrate Belligerent Sexual Tension obviously skipped over a ton of dialogue. This is an especially ironic misinterpretation since Elizabeth actually debunks this philosophy when Mr. Collins mistakes her rejection for "playing hard to get," and it's explicitly made clear that she only begins to warm to Mr. Darcy when she both hears proof of his good character from reliable sources and witnesses first hand demonstrations that he's actively attempting to take her criticisms on board and mend his ways, and yet it's one of the most common ones."

This is going a bit overboard. While Elizabeth certainly dislikes Darcy for the first half of the book, it's not hard to read some Belligerent Sexual Tension in their banter in scenes like the ones at Netherfield during Jane's illness, and the early stages of BST often have one or both characters convinced that their feelings are purely dislike. In any case, Collins' delusional attitude towards Elizabeth's refusal has nothing to do with BST or a lack thereof (he just thinks she's being coy, which is not the same thing), and I don't see how seeing BST in Elizabeth and Darcy's interactions (as an early indication that they'd actually suit each other very well if they could get over the bad start they made) misses the point of anything.

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