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|A gentlemanly action
Written by Frances G
(4/10/2013 1:13 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think not, penned by kathleen (elder)
I love these group reads. I always discover something I never saw before even though I've read the novel at least 20 times.
We know that Bingley talks to Darcy while he is dancing to Jane. And we know that he dances the 2nd & 5th dances with her. While we don't know 100% for sure, all indications point to the conversation occurring during the 5th dance, not the 2nd. For example, Darcy's comments imply that Bingley has sought Jane out, which would be true of the his second dance with her, but not necessarily his first which could easily be because she is the eldest daughter of one of the most prominent families in the neighborhood. Also, at this point, Darcy's lack of engagement is obvious, which would happen after he had danced with Caroline & Louisa and then sat out. Surely he danced the 1st dance with Caroline and the second with Louisa.
And if it's the 5th dance, and then Bingley dances the 6th dance with Elizabeth, then it's reasonable to infer that is trying to 'make it up' to her in some way. It also points to Bingley not being completely influenced by his friend. He sticks by his opinion that Elizabeth is 'very pretty and I daresay very agreeable" rather than be discouraged because she is "not handsome enough' to tempt Darcy.
Bingley is quite the gentleman, indeed.
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