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|Did Bingley behave dishonorably by Jane?
Written by Ramya
(4/30/2013 12:50 p.m.)
We all like to discuss Darcy's role in separating Jane and Bingley, but what do we think of Bingley's behavior?
Let us accept that Bingley wanted to marry someone who was in love with him, and was too modest to believe that his feelings were returned once Darcy had finished messing with his mind.
However, he had raised a general expectation in the neighborhood that he and Jane were on the point of engagement, and it is a logical conclusion that he had raised such an expectation in Jane herself, even if he now believed that she did not love him. In (figuratively) running away from Jane, wasn't Bingley behaving less than honorably? In Persuasion, Captain Wentworth also tries to weaken the general expectations with respect to himself and Louisa by leaving, but says that he would have married her if she feelings still remained strong even after his absence. But Bingley does not have such an intention. He does not seem to have had any qualms about subjecting Jane to the potential consequences of such an abrupt departure--Jane would suffer the embarrassment of having been "crossed in love", and the disappointment of unfulfilled expectations.
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