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Written by Ramya
(5/1/2013 4:31 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, But that was Lizzie's view..., penned by Jim Morris
Those of us taking the opposite point of view are not being "sentimental". I feel that you are downplaying Bingley's attentions to Jane way too much--down to the level of mere social interaction or mild flirtation. We have no evidence that Jane merely built up her expectations based on what other people told her. She is a sensible girl, and we have seen her stick to her opinions several times in the face of other opinions. I will not deny that Lizzy did encourage Jane to keep her hopes up, but neither one was delusional for thinking that Bingley was romantically interested in Jane.
Regarding Mrs. Gardiner's views: She has second-hand information only--she was never an observer herself. She probably thought it more likely for a young man to have recovered from an infatuation rather than that he was kept away by his friends and family. However, we know from Darcy's letter that Elizabeth was correct in her assumption.
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