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Written by Jo Y
(2/2/2004 9:08 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, But if Darcy thought it was ephemeral, ..., penned by kathleen (elder)
Darcy did see something different in the relationship between Bingley and Jane - "his partiality .. was beyond what I had ever witnessed in him" - than he had seen on the previous occasions when he had been "in love". Sir William's comments during The Dance and Darcy's subsequent observations at the Netherfield ball, resulted in his decision to interfere.
While that suggests that he only applied himself to seriously observing Jane and Bingley for the remainder of the time at the ball, not long enough IMO to draw such a significant conclusion, but all the same, he does say that he concluded that Jane's serenity of countenance and air gave him the impartial evidence he needed to support the objections to the Bennet family. Is he not guilty of trusting his interpretation of people just by one concentrated effort just as Lizzie was guilty of writing him off after the Assembly and interpreting all other interactions in that light? Both believed they had a gift of observation and interpretation of character.
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