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Written by Nikki N
(5/9/2013 12:24 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Not the first time, penned by Therese
I don't think Darcy knew how much his aunt still wanted him to marry Anne, he might have been aware there had been talk of such a possibility when he was younger, but since he had taken no such step, he must have thought such speculation was all over. The only other person, Wickham, who mentioned it, could only know about what might have been thought of five years ago, because since then (after the deaths of old Mr Darcy and his father) Wickham was no longer intimate with the Darcys.
Darcy not only proposed to Eliz right in his aunt's and cousin's backyard at Hunsford, but also expected his aunt to happily invite him and Eliz to stay at Rosings once they were married! (chap 33).
And Eliz's dialogue with Lady Cat --
'"Mr. Darcy is engaged to my daughter. Now, what have you to say?"
"Only this: that if he is so, you can have no reason to suppose he will make an offer to me."
It would be most dishonourable for Darcy to make an offer to Eliz if there was an engagement with Anne. Lady Cat was then forced to admit that it was "a peculiar kind ... the favourite wish of his mother, as well as of hers."
Eliz then responded --
Darcy had not raised expectations -- he was neither by honour nor inclination bound to Anne. If he had raised expectations, there would be questions about what he should do for the sake of his honour (e.g. Bingley raising Jane's expectations), but there was not. Lady Cat never raised that argument, and I'm sure Darcy would never be so unkind as to allow his cousin to have such expectations of him, he would never wish to leave expectations he had no intention of fulfilling.
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