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Written by LouAnn
(4/21/2013 5:32 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, We don't know all of Bingley's dance partners, do we?, penned by kathleen (elder)
Mr. Bingley "made himself acquainted with all the principal people in the room; he was lively and unreserved, danced every dance..." From Mrs. Bennet's account there were seven dances; she doesn't say who he danced the Boulanger with, if I'm reading her account correctly. But we know the Bennets are the principal family, followed by the Lucases. I would guess, then, that Miss King is among the 'elite' group of the 24 families the Bennets dine with, and one of the 'principal people' Mr. Bingley would have been introduced to.
I found an English Historical Fiction author's site that stated that most assembly balls would run from 8 to 11:30 p.m. so seven dances would have been about right for that length of time. Or, was Mrs. Bennet ready to enumerate more, and got cut off my her husband?
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