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|Darcy's changing ideas
Written by John W
(2/1/2004 3:37 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I had often seen him in love before, penned by B. MIchelle
His attempts to remove Bingley from Jane go back to Netherfield, and there, discussing the prospects of the Bennet girls marrying, Darcy seems purely concerned with their social position, "that is the material point", he tells Bingley. The possibility that Jane or Bingley might be in love seems entirely absent from his considerations, then.
His rational view, that these girls are beneath him (and Bingley), almost determines his own view of Elizabeth, and his feelings only make themselves known under extreme pressure, and against his will.
I wonder if Bingley's feelings about Jane have the same intensity as Darcy's feelings about Elizabeth.
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