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Written by Andrea Gayle
(4/13/2010 2:28 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I don't believe Darcy was forced to attend, penned by Christopher
Mr Bennet stayed at home without any ill effects to the Assembly, therefore I must presume that it was not absolutely compulsory to attend even when your own wife and daughters did. So why did Darcy go? I can't imagine he would attend an Assembly in Lambton, if they had them there, as (I recall reading this somewhere, but I can't remember where) he would have had to mix with a variety of social classes including those in trade.
I can come up with no convincing reason for him to attend aside from a desire to protect Bingley who has a tendency to fall in love with every pretty girl he meets (but am I allowed to say that since Darcy merely implies it until much later? Or perhaps I only see the implication because I know he says it?)
Having said that, I cannot see any reason to suppose that Darcy doesn't know how badly he's behaving. He must simply assume that his wealth and lineage are enough for the people of Meryton, that they will not judge him on who he is, but on what he has and who his family has been. Makes one wonder about the types of people he was associating with in London and what he was doing with the Bingley family - new money, made in trade, their family was of the merchant class. How could his pride stand it?
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