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|Incivility as a sign of love (in a man)
Written by Line
(4/24/2013 8:46 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Bingley's incivility, penned by BarbaraB
If you check out the end of "Emma", we have another normally very courteous gentleman who displays the same "general incivility" and absent-mindedness that Bingley does (and not just in his lady's presence, but while away from her too!). I agree that it is rather hard to tell whether Elizabeth is being serious here or not, because she is so often at least half-joking, but in "Emma" it becomes clear that behaviour like Bingley's really *was* supposed to be a sign of love. (BTW, I've found that reading JA's other novels definitely helped me understand P&P, and their author's basic attitudes, better, so I can recommend them for that reason alone!:-)
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