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Written by Nikki N
(4/9/2013 12:53 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Presence., penned by Jim Morris
I doubt if Bingley's sisters were actually as confident as Darcy was, or as secure of their position in society -- chap 4 says that they -- "were in the habit of spending more than they ought, and of associating with people of rank, and were therefore in every respect entitled to think well of themselves, and meanly of others. They were of a respectable family in the north of England; a circumstance more deeply impressed on their memories than that their brother's fortune and their own had been acquired by trade."
They were in the habit of associating with people of rank, but they may not actually be people of rank themselves, apart from their money. The Bingleys had no country estate, and the sisters preferred to forget that the Bingley fortune "had been acquired by trade" (they might even have some form of inferiority complex). Perhaps that is why their public manners were not so openly haughty as Darcy's, but they talked meanly of the locals in private between themselves and with Darcy.
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