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Written by Chandra S
(2/2/2004 4:09 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Convincing Bingley, penned by Kira
Kira brings up an interesting point, which I had not considered. Darcy's deception was not in the "nothing but the truth" part - it was in "the whole truth." He didn't tell Bingley anything he knew or believed to be false (I believe that he really believed in Jane's indifference, even if he had no good reason to, so I'm not counting that.) Instead, the conduct he is unhappy about consisted of not talking - of not mentioning Jane's presence. So, if anyone is interested in opening up a new barrel of monkeys ;-) ... was Darcy under any obligation to keep Bingley apprised of Jane's whereabouts? Most friends would be expected to mention it in casual conversation, but Darcy isn't really much for general chit-chat in any case.
In other words, Darcy knew a random fact about a mutual acquaintance, and didn't pass it on. Is that any less deceitful than if he had actually had the occasion to say (for whatever reason, I can't imagine) the words, "Why, no, Bingley, I am quite sure Miss Bennet is not come to town."
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