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Written by Jim Morris
(5/1/2013 10:12 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Itís not just Mrs. Bennet, penned by amytat
"By the standards of the day has he behaved in a way that would raise Janeís expectations? I think he has because not only Janeís family and neighborhood but his own friend and sisters seem to view it this way."
The "standards of the day" surely didn't prevent normal social intercourse between sexes, or what of Wickham, Denny, even Darcy, from interacting with the opposite sex without any indication of attachement? Half the village females were in dismay at the militia regiment leaving after a period of mingling in just such ways. Why then is Cheerful Charlie Bingley guilty of anything at all except being exceedingly pleasant and friendly?
For me, all he is ever guilty of is taking too much notice of other people's opinions. Jane's "expectations" were almost certainly fired in her mind by her mother's insistence, Lizzie's encouragement and local gossip, but never by any concrete action or statments by Bingley, at least thus far in the group read.
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