Quick Index Board Index Home FAQ Site Map
|What was expected of gentlemen at an assembly
Written by Line
(4/12/2010 2:08 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, There's no pleasing Mr. Darcy, penned by Kevin S
Apart from what Amanda Vickery has to say, I remember a post (which unfortunately I can't find now) by Julie W., the much-missed former monitor of the L&T board, saying that Bingley was not just being "nice" at the Meryton Assembly, he was doing his expected social duty, especially as a new neighbour, by being pleasant to everyone and dancing with all the partners he could manage. (This might *partly* explain why Jane was the only girl he danced with twice, since male dancing partners were distinctly lacking at the Assembly, and Bingley was trying to get to as many as he could!)
I, too, find that this makes Darcy's bad manners all the more surprising. Here's his best friend, trying to make a good impression in his new neighbourhood, and Darcy does all he can to wreck it?
|Manners and the art of conversation|
Groupread is maintained by Myretta with WebBBS 3.21.