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Written by Jim Morris
(4/30/2013 1:47 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Jane's own expectations, penned by Therese
..seem to be the ones who raised their own expectations, no doubt helped merrily along by Mrs Bennet and her cronies. Darcy had absolutley no idea such expectations seriously existed until Sir William dropped his bombshell to him. This leads me to think that such a topic had never been mentioned in conversation between Bingley and Darcy at all. Rather strange if Bingley had the slightest thoughts of marriage in mind? Darcy then obviously discussed the matter with the Bingletts and realised they shared his views and corncerns.
It was only after the party went to London on business that the topic arose and Bingley was persuaded Jane had no amorous intent in his direction. He then neither returned or had any communication with Jane for eight months. A very odd sort of love affair methinks. Darcy assumed Bingley was just having one of his many flights of romantic fantasy, confirmed later in his letter to Lizzie. In that respect, his interference doesn't seem quite so terrible. Even Lizzie, in retrospect, realises she may have overstated the case somewhat.
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