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|Being Particular could denote favor? (Letter 1)
Written by Robbin
(8/28/2005 3:23 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What did "being particular" mean?, penned by Line
I think, after rereading the passage, it meant that although they danced two dances it was not thought to be due to any special attachment between them. I think the lesson to which she refers is that she danced three dances with TL whom she does have a preference (attachment) for—I only just realized on this reread that this line is about TL! (oops)
In P&P Bingley compliments Jane by dancing with her repeatedly and everyone is surprised at the compliment Elizabeth received by being singled out by Mr. Darcy at the Netherfield Ball for just one dance.
I guess this shows how people’s actions were often interpreted by others to have significance rightly or wrongly and must be why there were so many rules of behavior, especially with regards towards the opposite sex. It is assured that people will speculate on their dancing together twice so I guess that JA feels that pointing out that Mr. H. and Elizabeth have no attachment is appropriate.
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