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|Darcy could have danced with Jane
Written by kathleen (elder)
(4/8/2013 2:41 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Teasing, you think?, penned by Srirup
Darcy presumably danced the first & second sets with Bingley's sisters. Jane Bennet danced with Mr Bingley the 2nd & 5th sets -- that means that Darcy could have asked for an introduction to Jane and then asked to dance with her for either the 3rd or 4th set.
Assuming that Bingley was dancing for the second time w/ Jane when he tries to get Darcy to dance, I find it difficult to believe that Darcy was wishing that Jane would have been free so he could dance with her now when he didn't bother earlier. Darcy didn't want to dance, but he knew Bingley enjoyed it; Bingley was dancing a second time w/ the same (beautiful) woman, and Darcy was complimenting Bingley in a teasing manner.
That's how I read it, anyway. :-)
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