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|Jane is not happy…
Written by Robbin
(6/2/2007 1:00 p.m.)
She was now, on being settled at home, at leisure to observe the real state of her sister's spirits. Jane was not happy. She still cherished a very tender affection for Bingley. Having never even fancied herself in love before, her regard had all the warmth of first attachment, and, from her age and disposition, greater steadiness than first attachments often boast; and so fervently did she value his remembrance, and prefer him to every other man, that all her good sense, and all her attention to the feelings of her friends, were requisite to check the indulgence of those regrets which must have been injurious to her own health and their tranquillity. (Chapter 40)
We hear a lot throughout the novel of Jane’s serene countenance; neither Charlotte nor Darcy can make out her feelings for Bingley and even Lizzy eventually admits Jane is hard to read in Chapter 36. This quote from Chapter 40 shows that Jane is indeed suffering from the loss of Bingley. Lizzy seems to fear Jane works powerfully to control “indulgence of those regrets” and only the care she has for how others would feel prevents her from giving way into a *Marianne Dashwood-like melancholy that might include excessive weeping, constant self-reminders, and not caring for herself that could be injurious to her health. This is something I have never noticed before—I have always thought Jane was sad but not this sad! Poor Jane! I also think Mrs. Bennet does a pretty good job with the constant reminders indulgence. ;D
*Please note that I only bring up Marianne to describe the kind of indulgences I think Lizzy is referring to in the above quote—any comparisons of Jane Bennet to Marianne Dashwood should be made at the Austenations Board. Thanks very much! ;D
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