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Written by Nikki N
(4/23/2013 11:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, He cannot be really engaged, penned by Therese
It is possible Darcy thought he HAD raised expectations in Elizabeth, and that was why he was so confident she would accept him when he proposed!
I think he used to be friendly with Caroline as his friend's sister, without intending anything further, then on seeing she was having hopes of him, he tried to end her hopes by becoming increasingly slighting towards her, including expressing his admiration of another woman to her. he cannot tell her outright he would not marry her, that would be rude and insulting, and anyway, who asked him to? I think he was behaving as a Regency gentleman would in discouraging he without outright rudeness.
Darcy never thought of himself as bound to Anne. If he was engaged or bound to Anne, then it would be most dishonourable for him to break it. Even to raise clear expectations without being formally engaged and then to propose to someone else would be the action of a dishonourable cad and scoundrel -- e.g. Willoughby in S&S.
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