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Written by kathleen (elder)
(1/27/2004 4:23 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, My $0.02, penned by BarbaraB
] I always thought these two sentences were to be read and interpreted together. Therefore the agreeable man would be Mr. Bingley and Lizzy is saying that one less agreeable than Bingley would be sufficient for her. She is not expecting to have the luck Jane had in attracting such a man with as lively and personable personality as Bingley.
... Mr Bennet's comments about Jane being crossed in love (i.e., "jilted" by Bingley) and the suggestion that Wickham would be just the fellow to jilt Elizabeth.
Mr Bennet says to Elizabeth (Chapter 25)
"your sister is crossed in love, I find. I congratulate her. ... When is your turn to come? You will hardly bear to be long outdone by Jane. Now is your time. ... Let Wickham be your man. He is a pleasant fellow, and would jilt you creditably." [emphasis mine]
I believe that Elizabeth's response ("Thank you, sir, but a less agreeable man would satisfy me. We must not all expect Jane's good fortune.") refers to the "Wickham ... would jilt you creditably" part of Mr Bennet's remarks. He is teasing her, and she is replying in the same manner.
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