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|Darcy & Mrs. Long
Written by Robbin
(4/10/2013 1:06 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chapter 5 : an intermediate one, penned by Therese
Mrs. Bennet said “Mrs. Long does not come back till the day before [the assembly]; so it will be impossible for her to introduce him [Bingley], for she will not know him herself" (2). It appears Mrs. Long had no opportunity to meet Bingley or his friends before the assembly. Darcy’s refusal to be introduced to any lady (3) made it impossible for him to dance or converse with ladies outside his party. Mrs. Long speaking to him without knowing him was improper. According to Mrs. Bennet, Mrs. Long said Darcy “seemed very angry at being spoke to” (5). He may have been no more than greatly annoyed at her breaking etiquette and forcing him to speak with her but his ‘most forbidding, disagreeable countenance’ (3) gave him an angry look. I too doubt Darcy was aware of Mrs. Long’s lack of a carriage. I think Mrs. Bennet merely transferred to him her own reason for feeling superior to Mrs. Long. (;D)
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