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|A lady's imagination is very rapid;
Written by Stephanie
(4/13/2010 11:51 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Parallels and Foreshadowing, penned by Kathryn Ann
Parallels can also be imagined at this time in the fashionable attitudes of Mr. Darcy and Miss Bingley towards romance. This is a slight flight of fancy on my part, but I hope not too far from the text to be considered by others?
Miss Bingley is teasing, attentive, and jealous of Mr. Darcy's regard. There is every sign that she finds him a 'good catch,' and little sign that she understands how far she is from engaging his affections towards herself. There are hints that she is a social-climber, and that a marriage to Mr. Darcy would answer her goals.
Mr. Darcy is attracted to a vivacious, intelligent, young lady who he considers to be beneath him, so he is determined not to advance any relationship with his object. He may not be aiming for anyone in particular right now, but he sees himself as connecting with someone of his own social standing, and he thinks very well of that standing and of himself.
Miss Bingley is showing some ill-bred manners in her pursuit, while Darcy is showing some gentlemanly restraint in his lack of pursuit (he is not, for instance, leading Elizabeth on, and even wishes to hide his attraction so as not to inadvertently cause her any expectations he has no intention of fulfilling). But both are casting their rods in specific directions. They are complaisant about what they want, and do not look outside the assumptions with which they came into Hertfordshire.
This is why Darcy allows Caroline to insult Elizabeth without stricture; he feels it is allowable to do to someone of her level. He is too honest to join in her tearing at Elizabeth, but there is an implication that he agrees aloud with Miss Bingley's attacks on Elizabeth's family.
Darcy does not realize that his lack of attraction to Miss Bingley and his attraction to Elizabeth are both based on the same impulse, because he never compares them. But if he did, he would find that Miss Bingley's careful flattery and disingenuous speeches were a direct contrast to Elizabeth's genuine liking of the social interplay of personalities, and warmth of feeling.
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