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|But that was Lizzie's view...
Written by Jim Morris
(5/1/2013 2:56 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, But itís more than normal social intercourse., penned by amytat
..not the narrators, Amytat. In conversation with Aunt Gardiner, who said( in chapter 25 on pages 136/7)after Lizzie had stated Bingley to be violenty in love with Jane. (I'll quote no more than this as you can read the rest easily enough.)
"But that expression of "violently in love'' is so hackneyed, so doubtful, so indefinite, that it gives me very little idea. It is as often applied to feelings which arise from an half-hour's acquaintance, as to a real, strong attachment. Pray, how violent was Mr. Bingley's love?"
"I never saw a more promising inclination. He was growing quite inattentive to other people, and wholly engrossed by her. Every time they met, it was more decided and remarkable. At his own ball he offended two or three young ladies by not asking them to dance, and I spoke to him twice myself without receiving an answer. Could there be finer symptoms? Is not general incivility the very essence of love?" This is pure opinionism.
Mrs Gardiner, a very sensible lady, seems of the opinion that Bingley has done no real wrong as the whole thing is somewhat indefinite, and that Jane will get over it. That would not be her opinion if Bingley had in any way indicated intent in Jane's direction." Disapointed hopes" do not infer commitments but mean exactly that...hopes.
I'll ask you to consider this:
Right from the start (firstly by the narrator's witty opening satire) are we being led by the nose along Mrs Bennet's rosy assumption that their new neighbour just "has" to want to marry Jane? From thence we start to think that way, when in reality we are being hypnotised by the indications that all will go to the great " Post the banns and send for the vicar" plan of Mr's B. It all begins to appear as so unfair, when really it is just normal events that we need to step aside from and consider it dispassionately. Bingley has only just arrived at his new abode. He accepts an invitation to the the local rug-cutting hop, and, almost before he can take his hat off, Mrs B is pronouncing his bank balance as desirable and ordering the daffodils whilst humming "Here comes the bride". It gets continuously worse as " Matilda the matchmaker" bulldozes aside any objections to her master-plan. We are all off down a matrimonial avenue on a pink cloud of candy-floss. Time for a reality check methinks.
I realise I may be banned from the Republic for my rather unsentimental views, but I'm stating them anyway.Bingley is a wimp, but he's no vilain.(-:
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