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|I think Jane does take some initiative
Written by Ramya
(5/2/2013 8:39 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What of Jane’s responsibility?, penned by Srirup
Even though the stated motive for Jane's visit to her aunt and uncle is for a change of scene, the hidden motive is for a chance to come across Mr. Bingley and get some idea of his feelings. Sadly, women in the Regency era could not do more without breaking the bounds of propriety, but Jane does the best she can without being inelegant. Unluckily for her, there was a conspiracy to keep her presence in London from Bingley's notice, and she never encountered him by chance.
If Jane and Bingley meet again, it will be interesting to see whether she will display more signals or less. I would predict less--because she now assumes Bingley does not care for her. But, as you say, if she notices that Bingley does have feelings for her, would she trust her judgement, or be wary of cultivating false hopes again?
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