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|I don't think meanness is the concern
Written by Chandra S
(1/31/2004 8:45 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What do you think Darcy was worried about, exactly?, penned by Kathi
]He may be an amiable sort of person, but I don't think Bingley would tolerate any disrespect to his wife (any more than he would allow conversation to replace dancing at his ball), and Caroline would not want to alienate Darcy by being anything but nice to his sister.
I can follow the reasoning here - but like you, I can't imagine Darcy being worried that Caroline and Louise would treat Georgiana badly. I took the comments about Caroline's "influence" quite differently. I can see how a big brother might be concerned about a shy, reserved, very well-bred little sister becoming intimate friends with a grasping, hard-edged snob. I would not be concerned about Georgiana's ill-treatment, but rather the alteration of her character and manners in constant contact with such a sister-in-law.
Remember Darcy's statement that, although he admires Lizzy's exertion in walking to Netherfield (eyes brightened by exercise) he would *not* wish his sister to do such a thing? He may well esteem Caroline's education and fashionable connections, and even sympathise with her tendancy to look down her nose at the rest of the world, but it makes sense to me that he would *not* wish his sister to develop the same snobbish arrogance, nor to develop a sense of sarcasm and thinly-veiled insults which in Caroline pass for wit.
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