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Written by Jen S
(4/29/2007 8:56 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Fickle Public Opinion, penned by Cheryl
Between him and Darcy there was a very steady friendship, in spite of a great opposition of character. Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, and ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied. On the strength of Darcy's regard Bingley had the firmest reliance, and of his judgment the highest opinion. In understanding, Darcy was the superior. Bingley was by no means deficient, but Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well-bred, were not inviting. In that respect his friend had greatly the advantage. Bingley was sure of being liked wherever he appeared, Darcy was continually giving offence.
Maybe they were too quick to judge in thinking him to be noble, attractive, and worthy of their high regard simply based on his looks, bearing, and fortune. The narrator tells us in the above the nature of Darcy's character at this point in the story. The incorrect view of him was the first that the assembly had, by the end of the dance they had a more accurate view of him. It's surprising to me that someone like Bingley was attracted to Darcy as a friend; this speaks volumes about Bingley's affability. Maybe their personalities balanced one another.
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