What of Jane’s responsibility?
Written by Srirup
(5/2/2013 4:16 a.m.)
Carrying on from an earlier thread about how much to blame Bingley, I thought about addressing what Jane’s role is in her own disappointment. By chapter 40 we are sure that Jane has indeed been hurt and is probably still in love with Bingley. So could she have taken charge of her own life? Prevented external influences from causing her harm? Charlotte’s comments to Lizzie about how Jane should behave which at that time seemed cold and calculating comes to mind and even Lizzy has come to appreciate the truth of it.
Agreed that Jane behaved in a manner which is in consonance with her own nature. But to achieve one’s goals (and to marry someone you love is surely a universal goal) one must be expected to go the extra mile even if it means moving away from one’s comfort zone. In another context (piano scene at Rosings) the author (through Elizabeth) talks about making this extra effort (practising).
Now, Jane is very sweet, but she is intelligent. That intelligence and sweetness has protected her in the past from making faulty judgments that Elizabeth has been guilty of. So if she ever comes across Bingley again, and if she sees that Bingley does have feelings for her then maybe she can be the mistress of her own destiny, modify her behavior accordingly, and be independent of interfering busybodies.