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|And yet, Jane's perspective is tainted too
Written by Ramya
(4/16/2013 11:03 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, My first impression of Wickham, penned by Erica M.
Jane's perspective may appear to be more balanced, but it is influenced by how the matter will affect Mr. Bingley. But Jane could think with certainty on only one point -- that Mr. Bingley, if he had been imposed on, would have much to suffer when the affair became public. Ch. 17.
And later, when she proceeds to make inquiries regarding Bingley for Lizzy's sake, she seems as ready to accept Bingley's exoneration of his friend, as Lizzy is in accepting Wickham's account. Both sisters, IMO, are ruled by their respective biases in this instance. Jane is slightly more generous than Lizzy, but still accepts Bingley's verdict that Wickham is "not respectable, very imprudent, and deserved to lose Mr. Darcy's regard," even though Bingley's knowledge is solely derived from Darcy's account.
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