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|His character was decided.
Written by Stephanie
(4/14/2010 3:02 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Goaded by Miss Bingley to go to the ball?, penned by Benedicte
I am afraid it will not hold good. Darcy's personality does not seem the sort to be coaxed or bullied into coming so that Bingley's sisters could - what? show they had an haughty acquaintance as well as an amiable brother? No, I do not believe it. Besides, that ever-fashionable pair have all the pride and disdain to put down the locals themselves, if they wished it!
Darcy refused introductions - not just to Elizabeth, but to ANYONE. He saw young ladies sitting down, and could not be bothered to ask them to stand up with him. He proved that he danced by dancing with the ladies with which he came, and he proved he was above his company by ending his service there. If he was preoccupied, he should have either stayed home, or tabled the engrossing thoughts until after the Ball. If he meant to dance no more, he still could have met others in the room, spoken civilly to them, and acted the gentleman.
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