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|New thoughts on Bingley
Written by Tori Marie
(1/12/2004 2:36 a.m.)
I was thinking about Bingley and his admitted propensity to do things quickly. He leases a rather large estate after only a half-hour tour, he boasts that everything he does is done in a hurry and his sister tells us that quick manner of writing makes his letters barely legible.
It bears noting, I think, that he speaks so highly of Jane Bennet's beauty and singles her out with attention (meaning a second set of dances) upon first meeting her. Such attention is gratifying to Mrs. Bennet and many people comment upon it, but I'm with Elizabeth on this; courtship is too serious, IMO, to be on such a fast track.
With only this week's chapters in mind, should we be concerned when Bingley says, "Whatever I do is done in a hurry," and that if he decided to leave Netherfield he'd be off as quickly as he arrived? Can we believe him to be sincere? Or is he going to be like the guy who wrote the very pretty verses on her when she was fifteen? If I heard a man about whom my sister cared say such a thing, I'd be at least a little concerned.
Again, with only the little information we have, I must say that it does look a bit suspicious. I see love as something that is built on mutual understanding and friendship and Bingley seems only to be noticing Jane's outer beauty.
Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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