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Written by Erica M.
(5/8/2013 5:19 p.m.)
I just caught something rather interesting. When Elizabeth speaks to Mrs. Gardiner about Bingley's love for Jane in Ch. 25, she speaks of his "inattention" to other people as a sign of how "violently in love" he is.
But in Ch. 58, Darcy is also described with the same phrase: "...he expressed himself on the occasion as sensibly and as warmly as a man violently in love can be supposed to do." Yet Darcy's manner of being "violently in love" is utterly different from Elizabeth's description. Instead of being inattentive to others, he is more attentive. He is welcoming to the Gardiners at Pemberley, and at Longbourn he puts up with the nonsense of Elizabeth's family quite well.
I suspect this is Jane Austen being quite tongue-in-cheek with us!
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