Darcy in society
Written by bridget d
(4/28/2013 6:49 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Among strangers, penned by Therese
Harldy strange. The social world of the upper classes was not all that large, and Darcy would have had a circle of freinds that knew his parents, his family and who were problaby in his life since he was a boy. He would probalby meet other people at times outside his circle in London society, but not that many and they woudl probably be connexted anyway to those who already formed part of his circle.
Col F sees him mostly in the family and friends circle, so he doesn't see him when D goes on a visit to someone like Bingley, and ends up in a country town where there are less grand gentlefolk who are not as rich or well connected as the Darcys and Fitzwilliams.
I assume that he is capalbe of making SOME new friends, since it does not seem to me that he has known the Bingleys all that long. I incline to the view that he met them in the last few years and has become intimate freinds with Bingley adn spends a lot of time with them now... so he is presumably capable, if "the price is right" of making new acquaintances. Moreover JA tells us early in the book that "Darcy was continually giving offence through being haughty" so clearly when the company isn't up to what he considers grand enough for him, he does what he did in Meryton, and acts in a superior fashion and refuses to mingle.