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Written by Adrian
(5/8/2007 12:28 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch 11 - Mr. Darcy did not wish for cards, penned by Emmy
First, consider that Jane was in attendance, so Darcy may have realized that Bingley would not be playing, if only to be a good host. Both Jane and Lizzy would likely not be playing. So cards would likely exclude half the company. So I agree Darcy was likely being very considerate in obliging half the company.
We also know from Chapter 6 that Darcy often preferred conversation to other forms of amusement, in the case of Ch. 6, to dancing.
...at the request of [Mary's] younger sisters, who, with some of the Lucases, and two or three officers, joined eagerly in dancing at one end of the room.
I think that Darcy saw cards as inhibiting a chance for further conversation, with Lizzy in particular. (IMO Caroline remembers this preference of Darcy's when she chides Bingley about having a ball at Netherfield.)
Of course, Darcy initially takes up a book, which suggests the former reason--not disturbing Bingley and Jane--is the more likely. He may also have hoped to stave off Caroline's conversational advances by occupying himself with extensive reading, but despite all her accomplishments, Caroline seems able to find nothing to do (and becomes "aweful," and it isn't even a Sunday evening).
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