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|Jane is too generous
Written by Ramya
(4/30/2013 5:38 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Jane herself.., penned by Jim Morris
By your reasoning, Willoughby did not behave dishonorably by Marianne because he did not actually ever tell her he loved her or officially commit himself in any way. Bingley certainly did not set out to deceive Jane intentionally or try to cover his back like W did, but he broke her heart all the same.
You seem to suggest that people had to actually state that they were falling in love or thinking about getting engaged to the person they were courting before proposing to them. That was not a possibility in that culture or context. I don't see any evidence in the novel to suggest Bingley's feelings were vapid or that he would not have proposed to Jane. I would appreciate actual quotes rather than chapter numbers.
Lizzy's mistake was in assuming that Bingley would not be influenced by his relatives/friends, and she was wrong. But there is nothing in either Darcy's letter, or in Lizzy's internal thoughts later that shows either of them felt that Bingley's feelings were transient. In fact, Darcy went to all the trouble of concealing Jane's presence in London because he thought B was still in "danger".
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