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|The Bingley Sisters -- Chapter 4
Written by kathleen (elder)
(1/13/2004 8:27 a.m.)
While the Assembly introduces us to Mr Bingley, we learn very little about his sisters except their marital status and elegance. At the beginning of Chapter 4 we also learn that Jane likes them both while Elizabeth is more uncertain (or perhaps she is certain that her opinion is much more negative than Jane's).
We then get a description of Miss Bingley & Mrs Hurst, and we hear some of their conversation following the Assembly. Their words & style make it very difficult to tell them apart -- so far the only difference between them is that one is married. They also seem to be generally dismissive of their brother's opinions, though both are willing to live/stay with him (at his expense, I assume).
Miss Bingley clearly is trying to ingratiate herself with Mr Darcy, though willing to defend Jane Bennet from the accusation (?) of smiling too much. The sisters do seem to like Jane, and Bingley takes that as approval for his own admiration of her. Interesting dynamics amongst the Bingley siblings. We don't see the Bingley sisters alone (as we did with Jane & Elizabeth), so we don't know if they confide in each other to the same extent. We can suspect, however, that neither of them is as nice as Jane Bennet. :-)
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