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|Darcy's prime objective...
Written by Jim Morris
(5/2/2013 1:26 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Led by Mrs Bennet??, penned by amytat
..seemed to have been to keep Bingley away from "any" innoportune situations in an area he considered way beneath his status. Hark back to his remark about "uncles in Cheapside" to Bingley about lessening the chances of women making decent marriages. This doesn't mean in any way that Bingley had indicated to Jane or his family he was considering marriage to her. That's what this is about. Darcy also later mentioned he had toyed with the possibility of Bingley and Georgiana as a couple, his sisters certainly did. In my view, he would have acted the same way to prevent any interest, not just Jane's. I won't repeat myself, just refer you to my last post on that.
Sir William's presumptive statement of a coming wedding jerked him into action because obviously Bingley had mentioned no such thing. Darcy acted to prevent any chance of it happening, not to break up something that didn't yet exist. He'd nipped the idea in the bud, not broke up a romance that existed only in the Bennet family heads, and Bingley's interest in Jane, which, whilst obviously there, was no more than that at that time...
Was any thought of marriage to anyone in Bingley's head when he attended the assembley? If his sisters had thought any such thing they wouldn't have allowed him out of the house. Did he breach any promises anywhere amongst it all? I'm saying no to both. Self-broken hearts are not broken promises (-:
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