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Written by gianni
(4/11/2013 12:27 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Not a puppet, penned by Therese
Bingley went willingly, even joyfully, to the Assembly. Darcy went, to all available evidence, unwillingly, and sulked the whole evening.
Bingley left the dance to try to get Darcy to mend his behavior, making a very uncomplimentary comment; when Darcy refused to be corrected, Bingley blew him off and went back to enjoying himself.
Lydia demands a ball at Netherfield which Caroline later advises against, citing Darcy's possible objection; Bingley blows off any concern for Darcy's feelings.
At Netherfield, Lizzy and Darcy get into a discussion about Bingley's character; Bingley sees he has no chance of competing with Lizzy's banter (Darcy does not), and bows out, tossing off a joke about Darcy's imposing stature, which appears to displease Darcy.
True, Darcy is richer than Bingley; still, Bingley is independently rich, and uses his money for his own pleasure.
As far as I can see, the only indications one might find so far of dependence would be Darcy's accompanying Bingley to a neighborhood he is not interested in; Darcy's accompanying Bingley to a dance he doesn't want to be troubled with; and Darcy's keeping his mouth shut when he (apparently, at least to Lizzy) feels offended by Bingley's "great tall fellow" comment.
So, how is Bingley dependent upon Darcy?
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