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The Value of Letters in Pride and Prejudice In writing one can express feelings they can never convey aloud Letters allow one to reveal their thoughts more personally and intimately than they can in person Staring at a blank page of paper is definitely less intimidating than looking into someones eyes Communication is such an important vitality and letter-writing the lacks loss of words stuttering awkward silences and uneasiness that conversations can sometimes carry In the novel Pride and Prejudice letter-writing is almost as much a form of communication as face-to-face conversation In fact letters provide some of the most intense and important climaxes in the story not to mention some of the most intense secrets This method that Austen uses effectively conveys the situation without any interruption or delay The most obvious example of a letter revealing intimate feelings is Darcys letter to Elizabeth After Lizzy accuses Darcy of being greedy and lying he leaves immediately without justifying his actions In the letter he writes her after their meeting he explains You may possibly wonder why all this was not told you last night But I was not then the master enough of myself to know what could or ought to be revealed pg 137-138 Even though Darcys character is very stubborn and intolerant he was threatened by her forceful nature he felt as if he couldnt confide in her Perhaps he is intimidated more by his feelings towards her because he has never been so infatuated with a woman before Nonetheless his letter makes Elizabeth realize the prejudice that lies in herself as well as her love for Darcy Jane Bennet Elizabeths older sister expresses her feelings the most through her letters to her sister The ongoing relationship with she and Bingley often brought grief to her which she would write about to Elizabeth
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