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|Not how I read that passage
Written by CarolTS
(4/14/2010 3:30 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Hoping for disappointment, penned by Robbin
I've always read that passage that he's hoping Bingley will not be as pleasant as Mrs. Bennet hopes so that he doesn't have to hear about her planning to marry him off to one of the girls the whole time he's in the area. He knows that the girls don't have a decent dowry and I think he probably feels it's fairly unrealistic to expect Bingley to offer for one of them, even though they are the daughters of a gentleman. He knows what their connections are after all. But I doubt he'd have any luck convincing Mrs. Bennet of any of these truths - she's fairly impervious to truth when she wants something.
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