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Written by Line
(6/6/2007 6:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, General incivility not specific, penned by Ramya
"[Bingley] was growing quite inattentive to other people, and wholly engrossed by [Jane]. Every time they met it was more decided and remarkable. At his own ball he offended two or three young ladies by not asking them to dance; and I spoke to him twice myself without receiving an answer. Could there be finer symptoms? Is not general incivility the very essence of love?"
(I noticed during this GR that at the Netherfield Ball it's *Bingley* who gives offense by failing to dance with other young ladies!)
For another example of a man who has become absent-minded and inattentive to *other people* (not the object of his affections!) because he is in love, check out ch.52 of "Emma".
In another JA novel, the Omniscient Narrator describes a man being able to love a particular woman "rationally as well as passionately". I do agree, Adrian, that Darcy trusting Elizabeth with the information in his letter shows that his "rational" love and trust in Elizabeth are deeper than he perhaps realized *himself*. (I wouldn't be surprised if Darcy only realized *after* his failed proposal how much Elizabeth actually meant to him, but we don't get his POV on that.)
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