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If we say an act carries a force, and speaking expresses an energy or a force, the refusal to speak restrains the energy or force. It is an act that builds up the energy and increases its power and force for accomplishment. When a person speaks, the result of the words depends on the force of the person’s speech and personality. Sometimes it requires more strength to remain silent that to speak. Remaining silent is also an act, as much as speaking is. It is an act of refusing to express one’s thoughts. When those thoughts form into a strong mental will or determination that is not expressed, the unexpressed thoughts, silent will, acquire a great power for effectuation. The effort of restraint conserves the energy of speaking and charges the thought with it, so that it acquires a greater power for achievement because it has not been expressed.

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  1. Darcy refuses to disclose his role in Wickham and Lydia’s marriage
  2. What Darcy insists on silence, Lydia accidently discloses his role. Had he spoke or encouraged it to be known, his act would have be vitiated by ulterior motives. Having kept silent, his act is pure and ennobled.

  3. Charlotte gets Collins by silent will
  4. When Charlotte meets Collins after Eliza has refused his marriage proposal, she strongly feels that this is the right man for her. She wants Collins. She does not say anything wrong to cancel it. She does not take any initiative that cancels it. She accepts what comes to her in life quietly and it fulfils itself in a remarkably brief time. It took Darcy about nine months to win Elizabeth. It took Charlotte three days and a morning walk to win Collins.

  5. Jane’s positive thinking
  6. Jane’s absolute refusal to think or speak negatively expresses the power of positive thinking. Jane has a milksop, Pollyanna positive attitude. She does not have energy, intensity or strength of personality. But her positive attitude still has power. She had the capacity not to think negatively of anyone. That capacity supported a positive resolution of all the family’s problems.

    Jane clung to the hope that Lydia and Wickham would marry, which they did. She never thought as badly of Darcy as Eliza had, insisting that there must be some justification from his side, which there was. When Wickham talks badly of Darcy, Jane refuses to think badly of Darcy and he ends up marrying Elizabeth. When Darcy exposes Wickham, Jane refuses to think Wickham totally bad, and Wickham ends up marrying Lydia. When Miss Bingley writes those mean things about Bingley marrying Georgiana, Jane refuses to think badly of Caroline, and Caroline becomes her sister-in-law. When Bingley suddenly departs from Netherfield and never calls on Jane in London, she refuses to think badly of him for going away. She gets Bingley back.

    It may not be true to say that her attitude by itself had the power to accomplish any of those things. But she qualified herself for all of those accomplishments at her level, at least to the extent of not generating energy in the opposite direction as so many others have done by their words and acts. Jane does not have energy or strength of personality beyond that. Whereas her mother takes initiative to cancel things, Jane is very careful not to cancel anything that is coming towards anybody related to her. She refuses to be an instrument for canceling. Elizabeth, Darcy, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Mrs. Gardiner and Sir Lucas all take negative initiatives. Charlotte and Jane never do. Jane remains positive and waits for life. She waits for Bingley to come back to her.

  7. Mr. Bennet rarely expresses his frustrations or anger
  8. While his wife constantly dissipates her energy in accusations and complaints, Mr. Bennet quietly endures Lydia’s elopement without reproaching anyone and strives to resolves the problem. Lydia, Eliza and Jane all get married.


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