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Written by Ramya
(5/2/2013 8:23 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Bingley and Jane, penned by bridget d
In a couple of my other posts, I have changed my assessment of Bingley's behaviour from "dishonorable" to culpable/disgraceful. I never said that Bingley was like Willoughby. The situations you are describing (one person falls in love, but the other doesn't return the feelings, etc.) did not happen here. Both Bingley and Jane were developing strong feelings for each other; Bingley believed that Jane returned his regard; Darcy tells Bingley that Jane does not love him; Bingley decides to believe his word implicitly without bothering to verify the situation himself; he decides not to return to Netherfield. Just because her disappointment wouldn't kill Jane doesn't mean that it was okay for Bingley to behave in that manner.
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