Happy women’s day!
Some eye candy because we deserve.
And it's been a while since this gorgeousness showed up here. Ah... Bova!
And I keep discussing Pride and Prejudice’s female characters. How appropriate!...
So after discussing Charlotte, I’d like to explain my ideas on Lizzy and how I see their friendship.
After mulling over all the stuff I posted previosuly, I came to the conclusion that Lizzy and Charlotte are opposite to each other in many ways.
At first I only saw Jane as Lizzy’s opposite - or complement. Kinda of a ‘Yin and Yang’ thing. Jane is calm and lovely while Lizzy is witty and petulant. In my opinion it was the reason they were so close, a lot closer to each other than to the other Bennet sisters.
Def by Wikipedia: In Chinese philosophy, the concept of yin-yang, is used to describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world; and, how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Many natural dualities (such as female and male, dark and light, low and high, cold and hot, water and fire, life and death, and so on) are thought of as physical manifestations of the yin-yang concept.
Lizzy is impetuous, fast tongued, quick to misinterpret people and situations although she congratulates herself on being a shrewd observer. Charlotte is the good observer: she’s the one who sees stuff - or foresees the consequences - and advises Lizzy on best ways to act. She does that several times concerning Wickham, Darcy, Bingley. Lizzy waves off her comments with a sarcastic joke about making jest of neighbors learned from her father.
Last post I talked about ‘emotional intelligence’ and how little Lizzy had IN MY POINT OF VIEW. Lizzy was young - around 20 years old - while Charlotte was already 27. Not that age is the determinant measure of maturity and emotional balance but one have to concede that being older a person has had more opportunities to live different situations and learn how to deal with the world. Not to mention deal with our own mistakes.
does maturity always murder dreams?
So in this subject of emotional balance Charlotte is Lizzy’s complete opposite. Her choice in taking action to dig a marriage proposal out of Collins who, aside from Lizzy’s prejudice, was a really difficult fellow to swallow shows just how much self-control and determination she had. Charlotte was a woman with a plan and strong-willed enough to put it to action.
|collins x DARCY|
Lizzy let her hurt pride and her petulant prejudice towards the handsome rich fool blind her and she refused a marriage offer that was irrefutable at the time. Not only Darcy was rich and well-connected, he could provide for her whole family of females who didn’t have much of a perspective in life after Mr Bennet’s demise or a chance of such a profitable marriage for any of her other sisters.
So, only a few months ago I realized that Charlotte is the opposite of Lizzy, like positive/negative, black/white. Charlotte is centered while Lizzy is impetuous; Charlotte is conniving while Lizzy is passionate.
opposites attract - couldn't help it! This is is fun!
I never doubted that Lizzy and Charlotte were friends. It’s plain for anyone to see (read) that they have a genuine friendship. Maybe young impulsive headstrong Lizzy needed both Charlotte’s cold blood and Jane’s charming nature to find balance.
In case you are wondering why I brought up such subjects, I have to tell you that my new story is centered on Lizzy and Charlotte and I explore this symbiosis.
Curious? Take a look at my ‘Fanfics in English’ page.
Next post is on Darcy. And my new story’s tripod will be explained and I’ll start posting.