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|She gets so carried away...
Written by Rachel E
(1/11/2004 11:23 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Compassion on Mr. Bennet, penned by Mandy N
What I find puzzling is on their arrival home Mr. Bennet listens to their favourable impressions of Mr Bingley, "He had rather hoped that all his wife's views on the stranger would be disappointed". Doesn't that seem odd?
Perhaps he is simply tired of her jumping to conclusions and being so sure of things so far in advance? After all, it may be that this young man has attachments elsewhere, even if not a positive engagement. His fortune, while not so large as Darcy's, is obviously a draw to many young ladies. Also, there are more girls in the neighborhood than just his daughters, and why should it be so likely that Bingley would fall in love with one of them? To be disappointed in such an unlikely aspiration would serve her right. By this time I'm sure he's given up hope in his wife developing common sense, but who knows? Maybe a disappointment could teach her something. And I'm sure he was thinking about all the future troubles and raptures Bingley would bring to the household if he *did* actually like one of the Bennet girls.
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