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    Is it 'fairly' or 'favourably'?

    Does Mr Darcy say about Elizabeth "fairly tolerable" or "favourably tolerable" or something else?

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    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Is it 'fairly' or 'favourably'?

    I can't catch the word either. You must have a good ear to understand all that.

    Here's what the novel says: "Which do you mean?" and turning round he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said: "She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me;..."

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    Re: Is it 'fairly' or 'favourably'?

    It sounded like thoroughly tolerable to me, but there's plenty of scope for doubt and interpretation there.

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    Re: Is it 'fairly' or 'favourably'?

    "Perfectly tolerable".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is it 'fairly' or 'favourably'?

    Perfectly makes sense, but I have listened again and didn't hear it- it's still thoroughly for me.

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    Re: Is it 'fairly' or 'favourably'?

    Interesting. To begin with, I only read post #1 and didn't read anyone else's suggestions so that my ear wasn't tainted with anyone else's ideas. I played it 3 times and got "perfectly" every time.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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