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|I took it to be a general statement too
Written by LisaS
(4/13/2010 1:19 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy’s Crowd Offended Too, penned by Robbin
"Between him and Darcy there was a very steady friendship, in spite of a great opposition of character. Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, and ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied. On the strength of Darcy's regard Bingley had the firmest reliance, and of his judgment the highest opinion. In understanding, Darcy was the superior. Bingley was by no means deficient, but Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well-bred, were not inviting. In that respect his friend had greatly the advantage. Bingley was sure of being liked wherever he appeared, Darcy was continually giving offence."
The lead in to this sentence seems to be giving us the general state of things (i.e. an overview of Darcy the man, if you will). That's why I took the 'giving offence' comment as a generality as well. The way I read this is that he tended to give 'offence' wherever he went because he was 'haughty', 'fastidious', and his manners were 'not inviting' (not just in Meryton but 'wherever').
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