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|I can fault him
Written by Kathi
(2/1/2004 7:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Often in love before., penned by Kristi
And yet that doesn't give him the right to interfere in his friend's life. As Lizzy asked, what right does Darcy have to determine in what manner his friend should be happy?
] Bingley is his friend, and he will continue to have a relationship with him. And since Bingley has been in love so many times before, Darcy assumes that Jane is just another pretty face. As I was typing the last sentence, a line from a 1970's song popped into my head--"...love the one you're with." Maybe this is Darcy's take on Bingley!
If that's so, what is the problem? This relationship will end on its own, just as the others have. And even if it doesn't, that's still Bingley' decision, not Darcy's. Darcy should not interfere by imposing his own values on Bingley (the evils of the connection with the Bennet family) or, when that doesn't work, taking advantage of Bingley's lack of self-confidence and his dependence on Darcy's opinion by assuring Bingley of something for which he has only the flimsiest of evidence.
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