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Written by Ramya
(9/24/2013 4:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Crawford vs Darcy, manners vs morals, penned by Nikki N
I do not think Bingley is like Mr. Weston except in his friendliness. I think he has more discernment than Mr. Weston (the latter could even treat vulgar Mrs. Elton as an intimate friend at times, whereas Bingley couldn't stand being in Netherfield more than a year after he married Jane). Besides, Bingley did not treat several people as intimate friends as Mr. Weston did (Emma felt it was not particularly flattering to be one of his several intimate friends).
I also do not see that Darcy would ever become like Mr. Knightley. For one thing, he lacked Mr. Knightley's open temper; Darcy would always be reserved. I always love Jane's letter to Cassandra where she is disappointed at not "spotting" Mrs. Darcy at an art exhibition after having "seen" Mrs. Bingley the previous day. To paraphrase the letter from memory, she accounts for it by thinking that Darcy would not like to publicly exhibit a portrait of his wife due to a mixture of "pride and delicacy". Of course, I could be biased, because Mr. K is my favorite, ever... ;-)
Crawford had great charm of manner, and he could be more charming than Mr. Weston, and perhaps, even Bingley, but I simply don't see him putting up with tiresome people or disagreeable company for too long. He would simply either pick up and leave for London if he was in the country, or vice versa. I can only see his charm as superficial, when compared to the genuine warmth of Bingley or the open-heartedness of Mr. Weston.
In comparing Crawford's encounter with the Prices with Darcy's encounter with the Gardiners, I don't think the original poster was making the cases out to be exactly similar. But the circumstances do have parallels, as far as I can see. How Darcy would have behaved had the Phillipses brought Lizzy to Pemberley is an interesting question. If his reform is to be believed, Darcy would have had to extend friendly overtures to them as well. He would probably never do it to the same degree as to the Gardiners (like giving stuffy Mr. Phillips carte blanche to fish at Pemberley when he wished), but he still would have taken his sister to visit as soon as she arrived at Lambton, and asked her to invite them to dinner.
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