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Written by Kathleen Glancy
(4/10/2013 2:52 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Militia Act of 1757, penned by Therese
It would be useful to know if any other members of the other local gentry were to dine with the officers, or just Darcy, Bingley and Mr Hurst, who incidentally certainly does not strike me as likely to be involved with the Militia in any way. But we don't know. Mr Bennet is not going, but he could have been invited and declined - he is not a very social individual, it appears, since he did not accompany his family to the Assembly.
Darcy would not be required to be involved with the Militia unless he chose to be, and there is so far no evidence either way of any involvement with the Blankshire Militia, as they are rather charmingly called in P&P0. We don't know where Bingley's home is or where he and Darcy met - he is not necessarily from Derbyshire. And as he is quite young (he had not been of age 2 years when he rented Netherfield, which would make him 22) I can't quite imagine him playing a leading role in the Militia either.
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