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Written by Kathi
(2/10/2004 7:49 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Not yet convinced, penned by Johanna Elisabet
I can't see these acts as being desperate. In spite of Darcy's fine eyes remark, I cannot believe that Miss Bingley sees Lizzy as a serious rival (she is not likely to be unaware that Darcy would feel he was degrading himself to marry into the Bennet family) -- and certainly at Netherfield Lizzy isn't.
] But I still think her need to ask Elizabeth to take a turn about the room
Miss Bingley can't stand to have Darcy attending anything but her -- not his letter, not his book. It is just a way of getting Darcy's attention.
] and sneaking out on a walk with Mr Darcy without informing even her sister at Neeverythingtherfield was desperate moves on her side.
As Line pointed out, that might have happened naturally.
] And only a short time after the ONs statement she has to attack Elisabeth with the thoughts of Wickham and after the visit first tell Miss Darcy everything she can find to critize Eliza and even feel the need to repeat it to Mr Darcy.
It seems in character for Miss Bingley to lord over Elizabeth that her "favorite" is merely the son of a steward. This is just a continuation of her "kindly meant" warning.
] When I read the novel I picture Caroline as very stiff and insulted that she has to endure such a company but switch to her smiling admiringly at Darcy and forcing her smile to stay when she looks at Elizabeth so she won´t come across as petty-minded and then spoiling it with her words.
That's likely true, but I don't see Caroline as desperate. She is still in the catbird seat as far as marrying Darcy is concerned, or so she thinks. She has a close connection with him through Bingley, and she is his houseguest and probably figures she will be in the future. Lizzy, in contrast, is just passing through. That doesn't mean Caroline won't get in a few digs at Lizzy's expense, but I still don't think she sees Lizzy as a serious rival.
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