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|Yes, Darcy erred, ...
Written by gianni
(4/30/2013 4:32 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy did NOT assume that, penned by Ramya
... and still felt he was doing the right thing. I've given a detailed list of the evidence for both Darcy and Bingley already (referenced below) and have seen nothing to change my opinion there. I agree, Ramya, that he realized this was more than just a flight of fancy or a momentary infatuation; that's why he was so careful to explain both the disadvantages of such a marriage and the likelihood that he wouldn't find his marriage as happy as his courtship.
I have to reject altogether both the widespread assumption that Darcy was wrong to present his case to Bingley, and the somewhat less widespread assumption that Bingley was foolish to listen to it. Both were in error, yes; neither was acting badly, unless we accept that Bingley was aware of Jane's true feelings, and accepted that he had participated in raising her expectations. I don't see this as so clear-cut myself, and am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, although I have a good deal of sympathy for the idea that he could have known the community believed they were engaged, or at least committed informally.
|Evidence for Darcy's opinion of Jane|
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