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|kind, not cruel
Written by Nikki N
(5/3/2013 12:08 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Then he may be rather cruel, penned by Therese
I think Darcy meant to be kind, not cruel. I don't think he had known Caro for years, Bingley was 4 years younger than Darcy and Caro was his younger sister, and I don't believe they were family friends as the Bingleys were not landed gentry. I think Darcy first met Bingley, liked this gentlemanlike, agreeable young man of the "new rich", and wished to help to establish him in society, then he met his sisters, and it was through Darcy that they associated with people of rank. Darcy then began to realize that Caro was setting her cap at him, and he brought up his admiration of another woman's fine eyes to indicate that he thought of Caro as a friend but not a romantic interest, as a hint to attempt to end such a hope in her. He also wanted to end what he thought was Eliz's hopes in him when he felt he might have encouraged her by his attention, and ignored her that last day at Netherfield. But Eliz had no such expectation then, and Caro didn't get it until Pemberley when he said he now regarded Eliz as one of the handsomest women he knew!
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