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|But there IS distance
Written by Helen B
(6/4/2007 9:01 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, This is a good answer..., penned by William D
between the sisters in the novel. Jane tries to convince Lizzy that she is not suffering from the separation from Bingley. She does not share her pain, anxiety and heartbreak with her sister. The same thing happens in P&P2, when Susannah Harker's Jane insists that she is over Bingley when challenged by Jennifer Ehle's Lizzy over her obvious unhappiness. There is another example in the novel and P&P2, but it is too soon for me to mention it here.
Lizzy, out of respect for Jane's feelings, does not say what she really thinks about the influence of Caroline and Louisa over Bingley (chapter 24) and there is the distance caused by the concealment of all Lizzy knows about Bingley's feelings for Jane.
The distance arises from each sister wishing to protect the other, but IMO, is definitely there!
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