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|Mrs. Gardiner says "inconstancy" is common
Written by Stacey GC
(5/1/2013 10:26 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Did Bingley behave dishonorably by Jane?, penned by Ramya
As Lizzie describes the situation to Mrs. G, she says, "I am sorry it went off. But these things happen so often! A young man, such as you describe Mr. Bingley, so easily falls in love with a pretty girl for a few weeks, and when accident separates them, so easily forgets her, that these sort of inconstancies are very frequent."
So JA is commenting on the inconstancy of men like Bingley.
Darcy in his letter to LIzzie also comments that "I had often seen him in love before." Although he acknowledges that Bingley's feelings for Jane are different, it does show a pattern of inconstancy, or at least a propensity to make girls like him, then move on.
This is a part of Bingley's character that JA spells out earlier in the novel with his selecting Netherfield after only a 1/2 hour look. And Darcy's teasing that he would uproot himself on a moments notice.
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