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|Depends on who believes it :-)
Written by kathleen (elder)
(1/23/2004 11:01 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Darcy's pre-engagement, penned by Mandy N
When Wickham says "it is believed" that Darcy & Anne De Bourgh will get married, he doesn't indicate who believes this will happen. While still a lad, he may have heard Lady C say it or perhaps his father (Wickham, Sr.) or maybe one of Darcy's parents. Wickham does not say that the two cousins are engaged, nor does he say that Darcy intends to marry his cousin.
We don't know how much Caroline knows about Darcy's family, and we really don't know if Bingley himself knows anybody in Darcy's family (other than Georgiana). So it's possible that any such belief or even rumour of a pre-engagement is completely unknown to Bingley and his sisters.
If Darcy doesn't act like an engaged man and doesn't tell the Bingley siblings that he is engaged, I don't find it too unusual that Caroline would assume that he is still available.
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