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|Miss Bingley's ambitions..... or affections ?
Written by Chandra S
(1/13/2004 8:17 a.m.)
I am struck, in this reading, by how very subtle JA is in conveying to the reader that Miss Bingley entertains at least some hope of becoming Mrs. Darcy. She never says so much - the closest she comes is in Chapter 10 after Darcy asks Elizabeth about dancing: 'Miss Bingley saw, or suspected enough to be jealous...'
Everything else we are led to very gently by
So my curiousity is now engaged...does she have any true affection for Darcy at all? Or is she fond only of Pemberley and the ten thousand a year? Does she have any knowledge of Darcy's character at all? Or does her feeling start and end with "hey, my brother's best friend is handsome and rich, this could be good....?"
Is she such an idiot that she really can't see that Darcy doesn't like her, or is she just so spoiled and used to getting her own way by being fashionable that she really doesn't care and assumes she'll get him in the end? The more closely I attend to Miss Bingley, the less I understand her.
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