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POV Project: P&P: Chapter Four

(1)  When Jane and Elizabeth were alone, the former, who had been cautious in her praise of Mr Bingley before, expressed to her sister how very much she admired him.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Exposition.)

(2)  ‘He is just what a young man ought to be,’ said she, ‘sensible, good-humoured, lively; and I never saw such happy manners! so much ease, with such perfect good breeding!’

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(3)  ‘He is also handsome,’ replied Elizabeth, ‘which a young man ought likewise to be if he possibly can.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(4)  His character is thereby complete.’

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(5)  ‘I was very much flattered by his asking me to dance a second time.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(6)  I did not expect such a compliment.’

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(7)  ‘Did not you?

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(8)  I did for you.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(9)  But that is one great difference between us.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(10)  Compliments always take you by surprise, and me never.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(11)  What could be more natural than his asking you again?

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(12)  He could not help seeing that you were about five times as pretty as every other woman in the room.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(13)  No thanks to his gallantry for that.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(14)  Well, he certainly is very agreeable, and I give you leave to like him.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(15)  You have liked many a stupider person.’

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(16)  ‘Dear Lizzy!’ 

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(17)  ‘Oh, you are a great deal too apt, you know, to like people in general.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(18)  You never see a fault in anybody.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(19)  All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(20)  I never heard you speak ill of a human being in my life.’

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(21)  ‘I would wish not to be hasty in censuring any one; but I always speak what I think.’

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(22)  ‘I know you do; and it is that which makes the wonder.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(23)  With your good sense, to be so honestly blind to the follies and nonsense of others!

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(24)  Affectation of candour is common enough; one meets with it everywhere.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(25)  But to be candid without ostentation or design,—to take the good of everybody’s character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad,—belongs to you alone.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(26)  And so, you like this man’s sisters, too, do you?

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(27)  Their manners are not equal to his.’

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(28)  ‘Certainly not, at first; but they are very pleasing women when you converse with them.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(29)  Miss Bingley is to live with her brother, and keep his house; and I am much mistaken if we shall not find a very charming neighbour in her.’

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Dialogue.)

(30)  Elizabeth listened in silence, but was not convinced: their behaviour at the assembly had not been calculated to please in general; and with more quickness of observation and less pliancy of temper than her sister, and with a judgment, too, unassailed by any attention to herself, she was very little disposed to approve them.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  The first and last clauses might be Elizabeth, but the dispassionate tone isn't particularly like her, and the rest, which flits between the Bingley sisters' non-motives, an analysis of Elizabeth's character, and a hint at her vanity, is certainly the ON.  (Exposition.)

(31)  They were, in fact, very fine ladies; not deficient in good-humour when they were pleased, nor in the power of being agreeable where they chose it; but proud and conceited.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Exposition.)

(32)  They were rather handsome; had been educated in one of the first private seminaries in town; had a fortune of twenty thousand pounds; were in the habit of spending more than they ought, and of associating with people of rank; and were, therefore, in every respect entitled to think well of themselves and meanly of others.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  That last comment,especially, overflows with the ON's voice.  (Exposition.)

(33)  They were of a respectable family in the north of England; a circumstance more deeply impressed on their memories than that their brother’s fortune and their own had been acquired by trade.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Exposition.)

(34)  Mr Bingley inherited property to the amount of nearly a hundred thousand pounds from his father, who had intended to purchase an estate, but did not live to do it.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Exposition.)

(35)  Mr Bingley intended it likewise, and sometimes made choice of his county; but, as he was now provided with a good house and the liberty of a manor, it was doubtful to many of those who best knew the easiness of his temper, whether he might not spend the remainder of his days at Netherfield, and leave the next generation to purchase.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Exposition.)

(36)  His sisters were very anxious for his having an estate of his own; but though he was now established only as a tenant, Miss Bingley was by no means unwilling to preside at his table; nor was Mrs Hurst, who had married a man of more fashion than fortune, less disposed to consider his house as her home when it suited her.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  Though we're let "inside" Miss Bingley's and Mrs Hurst's minds, it's still quite unequivocally from the perspective of the ON.  Later, I may distinguish between the ON simply relating events, and hearing what characters think/feel via the ON.  (Exposition.)
(37)  Mr Bingley had not been of age two years when he was tempted, by an accidental recommendation, to look at Netherfield House.

(38)  He did look at it, and into it, for half an hour; was pleased with the situation and the principal rooms, satisfied with what the owner said in its praise, and took it immediately.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  Again, while we're being told about Bingley's thoughts, we're not being shown them; this is untouched by Bingley's characteristic voice, which we'll hear later in the chapter.  (Exposition.)

(39)  Between him and Darcy there was a very steady friendship, in spite of a great opposition of character.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Exposition.)

(40)  Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, and ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  This is the first instance - of many - in which we're told about Darcy's interior motivations:  in this case, his reasons for liking Bingley.  It's still the ON, though; while Darcy's voice is closer to hers than, say, Bingley's, there's no question here, especially not with the distance implied in the last clause.  (Exposition.)

(41)  On the strength of Darcy’s regard Bingley had the firmest reliance, and of his judgment the highest opinion.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Exposition.)

(42)  In understanding, Darcy was the superior.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Exposition.)

(43)  Bingley was by no means deficient; but Darcy was clever.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Exposition.)

(44)  He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious; and his manners, though well bred, were not inviting.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Exposition.)  [This line should be less ignored than it is.  Seriously.  We're told the difference between Darcy's manners and Lady Catherine's before we even hear of her existence.]

(45)  In that respect his friend had greatly the advantage.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Exposition.)

(46)  Bingley was sure of being liked wherever he appeared; Darcy was continually giving offence.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Exposition.)

(47)  The manner in which they spoke of the Meryton assembly was sufficiently characteristic.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  (Exposition.)

(48)  Bingley had never met with pleasanter people or prettier girls in his life; everybody had been most kind and attentive to him; there had been no formality, no stiffness; he had soon felt acquainted with all the room; and as to Miss Bennet, he could not conceive an angel more beautiful.

POV:  Bingley.  Yes, Virginia, it's a man!  A non-Bennet man!  Again!  (Dialogue/Reflection.)

(49)  Darcy, on the contrary, had seen a collection of people in whom there was little beauty and no fashion, for none of whom he had felt the smallest interest, and from none received either attention or pleasure.

POV:  Darcy.  Haaaaa!  If the voice and bloody introduction weren't clear enough, those last bits - told with all the force of an ON but pervaded by his quite, er, distinct opinions - make it unquestionable.  These both, and those which follow, might be considered a wonky form of dialogue; we're being told what they said via what they thought, rather than through direct dialogue.  (Dialogue/Reflection.)

(50)  Miss Bennet he acknowledged to be pretty; but she smiled too much.

POV:  Darcy.  The first might be the ON telling us what he's acknowledging, either internally or aloud; the last is, uh, pure Darcy.  (Dialogue/Reflection.)

(51)  Mrs Hurst and her sister allowed it to be so; but still they admired her and liked her, and pronounced her to be a sweet girl, and one whom they should not object to know more of.

POV:  Mrs Hurst/Miss Bingley.  Again, it's a matter of voice; the faintly condescending note didn't come from the ON.  (Dialogue/Reflection.)

(52)  Miss Bennet was therefore established as a sweet girl; and their brother felt authorised by such commendation to think of her as he chose.

POV:  Omniscient narrator.  The POV has clearly retreated a bit in the first clause, and while it focusses on Bingley in the last bit, the voice remains the ON's.  (Exposition.)

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