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Written by Frances G
(4/13/2013 9:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, My, they were easily insulted.., penned by Jim Morris
I believe that it was expected that if a gentleman danced at a ball, he would dance most of the dances. Since there were many women without partners in Meryton, it would have been appropriate for a gentleman to make others comfortable by seeking introduction and addressing the situation. So, it is a slap in the face to the locals that Darcy chooses to ignore the established rules of gentlemanly behavior. He dances only with his own party. It really showed that he felt he was above his company.
By the norms of early 19th century society, his behavior was insulting.
Below is a post from Life & Times with lots of relevant links (it appears this has been discussed pretty extensively before). Warning that some of the links include spoilers.
|Gentlemanly conduct from Life & Times|
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