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|Passing characters in P&P: ch.24-34
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(5/1/2010 10:53 a.m.)
- four nieces of Mrs. Jenkinson (who have all found posts as governesses through Lady Catherine's efforts)
- Lady Metcalfe (a friend / acquaintance of LC)
- the Miss Webbs (acquaintances of LC)
- Miss Pope (governess to Lady Metcalfe, recommended by LC)
- Sir Lewis de Bourgh (LC's late husband)
- (In Hunsford) "their other engagements were few" (but not non-existent)
- Darcy about Bingley: "He has many friends, and he is at a time of life when friends and engagements are continually increasing."
- "(Darcy) seldom appeared really animated. Mrs. Collins knew not what to make of him. Colonel Fitzwilliam's occasionally laughing at his stupidity (i.e: teasing him for his dullness) proved that he was generally different, which her own knowledge of him could not have told her."
- Col. Fitzwilliam doesn't know for sure that Bingley is the friend that Darcy "saved" from an imprudent marriage:
"From something that (Darcy) told me in our journey hither, I have reason to think Bingley very much indebted to him. But I ought to beg his pardon, for I have no right to suppose that Bingley was the person meant. It was all conjecture." (snip)
"And remember that I have not much reason for supposing it to be Bingley. What he told me was merely this: that he congratulated himself on having lately saved a friend from the inconveniences of a most imprudent marriage, but without mentioning names or any other particulars, and I only suspected it to be Bingley from believing him the kind of young man to get into a scrape of that sort, and from knowing them to have been together the whole of last summer."
So, Darcy has more than one friend whom he might have done this "favour", and Col. Fitzwilliam only deduces that it was Bingley from knowing Bingley's personality, and knowing that Darcy and Bingley spent a lot of time together during the previous summer!
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