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Written by bridget d
(5/2/2013 1:59 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, So, can I infer ..., penned by gianni
He does notice that Bingley is fond of Jane, and seems more fond of her than other girls he had an attraction towards. But he doesn't think of this as "Oh he's so far gone that he really shoudl propose, Jane B must be expecting him to marry her." He only thougth that when Sir Will told him.
HOwever, as I've said, while regency courtship was a delicate affair, I dont think that Bingley is so far gone in his attentions to Jane that everyone would seriously think "Oh he must marry her". He has paid her a lot of attention, more than "normal social interaction" but not so much that they are thought of as being "almost engaged" by everyone who knows them. People like Sir William or say Mrs Jennings, would be suspecting a love affair or engagement based on almost any interaction however trivial, between a pretty girl and a nice young man.. but it doesn't follow that every flirtation or brief period of "paying attention" was morally bound to end in a proposal.
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