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Written by Chandra S
(5/9/2013 9:35 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "Violently in love", penned by Erica M.
him to have felt." (Mrs. Gardiner, Ch. 25.)
Elizabeth describes Mr. Bingley's behavior to her aunt in terms that, frankly, make it sound more like a moon-eyed crush than a serious emotional attachment. Small wonder that Mrs. Gardiner believes it is one of those very frequent inconstancies that occur so often, and Mr. Bingley was never "really" in love at all (poor Jane!) She does not, after all, know Mr. Bingley at all, nor have any idea of his character.
I think that our beloved author was making fun of the abused term "violently in love" in the same way that we might now chuckle that "head over heels" could apply equally to a newlywed couple or to a teenage girl's feelings for the captain of the football team (to whom she has never even spoken).
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