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|Perhaps dishonorable is a strong word
Written by Ramya
(4/30/2013 11:17 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What is Bingley guilty of?, penned by RobinJ
I can downgrade it to shameful. :-) Men couldn't break an engagement--only women could end an engagement, or it would have to be mutual (Isabella and James). If the man broke a positive engagement, the woman could sue for breach of promise. However, I am not sure many women would purse that course because of the notoriety... Bingley was too much of a gentleman to break a positive engagement.
Bingley had raised the expectation of forming an engagement, but left without fulfilling it. That makes his behaviour disgraceful in my book. I agree with you that he shows wimpy behaviour in completely trusting his friend's judgement over his own, but I don't think he is wishy-washy. His feelings/intentions did not grow hot and cold--the only thing that convinced him was that Jane did not love him back.
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