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|On being in love before and Mr. Darcy's interference
Written by Elizabeth S.
(2/2/2004 3:51 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I had often seen him in love before, penned by B. MIchelle
When Darcy says he has seen Bingley in love before always reminds me of when Lizzy gives Jane leave to like Bingley in the fourth chapter: "you have liked many a stupider person." (although now I am not so sure whether or not she is talking specifically of men.)I always took that to mean that Jane liked other men before and not all as good as Bingley seems to be.
Even Mrs. Bennet recalls that Jane was admired much in London once so it is not as though Bingley is her first admirer and if Mrs. Bennet is not reliable enough as a judge, Aunt Gardiner talks of the sense she gets that the relationship between Jane and Bingley cannot be of the lasting sort based on Lizzy's description.
My point is that it does not seem to me that Darcy is so far-fetching in assuming Bingley and Jane's attachment to be ephemeral and easily brushed aside.
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