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Written by Kathleen Glancy
(4/9/2013 1:05 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy could have danced with Jane, penned by kathleen (elder)
Darcy could, if he had wished to dance with Jane, have expanded on his remark on her looks and said "You are dancing with the only handsome girl in the room. If you would like to introduce her to me at the end of this dance I will ask her for the next since you insist on my dancing." Bingley would have to comply - he cannot dance again with Jane himself without breaching propriety and has no rational reason to refuse such a request. Nor would Jane be likely to refuse a dance if Darcy asked her, since she is clearly a kind and polite young lady and, as in this scenario he would not have insulted her beloved sister, could have nothing against him. Come to that Elizabeth, who seems free from any sibling rivalry and does not resent her beloved sister's beauty being valued over her own, would not have had anything against Darcy either. This clearly would have skewed the plot more than somewhat.
My own view is that Darcy was not in the mood for dancing at all, with anyone, and once his duty to his friend's sisters Mrs Hurst and Miss Bingley was done (and only one set of dances apiece - he asked neither for a second) chose to stand about probably wishing he hadn't come.
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