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|Perhaps not such a schemer?
Written by Tracy W
(5/21/2007 5:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why did the Bingley sisters like Jane at first?, penned by Laurel
Wonderful though the ties of affection can be between sisters, I think that your answer of boredom is probably right. They can't be perpetually only talking to each other. JA tells us that the Bingley sisters like Jane and Elizabeth:
I agree that Bingley does give indications that he likes Jane, but we don't know him before the novel. He may have called numerous other girls as beautiful as an angel before. In chapter 4 we are told that:
And how good a schemer is Caroline? She hasn't managed to ensnare herself a rich husband yet. Her actions at Netherfield appear motivated only in the short-term, she observes Darcy's attention to Elizabeth and forms a reasonably simple plan of talking to Darcy about how inferior Elizabeth's relatives are. This does not give me the impression of a Machivallean plotter - it strikes me as entirely possible that Caroline just didn't think of the dangers when she sent the invite. Plus, it's quite easy to believe that all her attention was on Darcy, and she was thereby distracted from looking after her brother's "interest".
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