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|Chapter 3: rumours of gentlemen (and reality)
Written by kathleen (elder)
(4/8/2013 8:42 a.m.)
Rumours fly that Mr Bingley will be bringing 5 gentlemen & 7 ladies with him to the assembly; next we hear that he arrived at Netherfield with only 5 ladies and 1 gentleman.
Ah, in reality, he brought his 2 sisters, a brother-in-law, and a single friend. Mr Darcy, the friend, is a single, wealthy, handsome young man -- how delightful for the locals. :-)
We get a description of the two single men:
Mr. Bingley was good-looking and gentlemanlike; he had a pleasant countenance, and easy, unaffected manners.
At this point we have two young men who must each need a wife (being single & wealthy) -- will one of these be the hero of this novel? Mr Bingley would be the obvious choice of the locals, since Mr Darcy's "manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his [temporary!] popularity ... ." Besides, Mr Darcy has spoken insultingly of Elizabeth Bennet.
Mr Hurst is married, so he is of little interest to the reader at this point. And he seems not to be very wealthy, although he may come from a well-to-do family.
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