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From Pride and Prejudice vol II ch x Please analyse this passage in no more than 1000 words discussing ways in which the narrative voice and dialogue are used This chapter opens with a line from the omniscient narrator confiding or telling us about Elizabeths unexpected encounters in the park with Mr Darcy Austens use of the telling technique here is economical and saves the reader actually having to read through each of these meetings to know that they took place In the next line the narrator slips into Elizabeths mode of speaking with the use of free and indirect speech to convey her feelings about the so-called accidental meetings The irony can be picked up in the statement She felt all the perverseness of the mischance that should bring him where no one else was brought was it really coincidental that Darcy was walking there If we back up to the previous chapter we notice that Mrs Collins had even suggested to Elizabeth that Mr Darcy was possibly partial to her so did not these encounters somehow arouse Elizabeths suspicions and confirm this in some way especially as she had taken care to tell him that this walk was a favourite haunt of hers Was she somehow lying to herself here when she described the second and third encounter with Darcy as odd Here the narrator wants us to believe that Elizabeth had no suspicions whatsoever concerning Darcys interest in her - this is not trustworthy because we know that she knew about his possible interest but she had always laughed at the idea The focalizing through Elizabeth continues with the narrator taking on Elizabeths character of speech to tell us clarify to us that Darcy on these encounters did not merely pass on fleeting formal enquiries but that he actually thought it necessary to turn back and walk with her Unwittingly Elizabeths own pride and prejudice shines through here to
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