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|Frank with Elizabeth, but dishonest with Bingley
Written by kathleen (elder)
(2/1/2004 2:16 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, MHO, penned by Nasima
Yes, I suppose it might be to his credit that he was frank with Elizabeth. But it is to his DIScredit that he was dishonest with Bingley. He concealed from Bingley that Jane was in London, disguise at the least even if it involved no flat out lies.
He also assured Bingley that Jane did not return Bingley's feelings ("the assurance, which I hesitated not in giving, of your sister's indifference"). How could he possibly know Jane's feelings? He hadn't even thought about them until Sir William mentioned the likelihood of an engagement between Bingley and Jane. How much time did he have to study her -- 1 hour? 2 hours? 5 hours? And yet he was able to assure Bingley of Jane's indifference. Without a certainty about Jane's indifference, I doubt that Darcy could have persuaded Bingley to stay away from her. So Darcy persuaded himself that he was certain based on very little observation and even less knowledge. This is dishonesty, in what he tells himself if not in what he tells Bingley.
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