"a large party of friends"
Written by Johanna Elisabet
(2/11/2004 9:12 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "Large" is a subjective term, penned by B. Michelle
] I believe that if Darcy had brought more people than the Bingleys, JA would have at least mentioned that there were other ladies/gentlemen there.
Mr Darcy had been by the river with Mr Gardiner and "two or three other gentlemen from the house"(chapter 45). That would indicate that the party consisted of a few more gentlemen at least. If the gentlemen had been Mr Bingley and Mr Hurst the text might have mentioned them by name.