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Written by Nikki N
(10/28/2011 8:17 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Rules - Regency style., penned by Rachel G
I don't think Wentworth ever fully intended to marry Louisa, but at Uppercross, he was trying to see if he could like her well enough to marry her. Since he was only trying, and had not yet made up his mind, he should have been more careful not to be too particular in his attentions. At first he was with both Louisa and Hernietta, so could not be accused of a particular courtship, but after Henrietta and Hayter got back together, he should have been more careful, instead of allowing him and Louisa to be seen as almost as much a couple as Henrietta and Hayter.
He said he was boung by honour to Louisa after his behaviour, but he also said that he would gladly weaken, by any fair means, any expectations that might have arisen, and immediately proceeded to do so by refusing to see Louisa in her sickroom, and going away from Lyme to await her recovery elsewhere. He had also instantly contradicted Capt Harville's assumption about them. I think those were very strong hints and indications that he had no serious interest. Louisa may have been rather frivolous, but she was "not deficient in understanding", she would have time for reflection while recovering from her injury, she was also a good-natured girl and would not want to bind him in honour if he did not want her.
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