But was she?
Posted by Mark on November 21, 1997 at 12:11:19:
In response to Poor Miss Bingley!, written by Kathleen Ann on November 21, 1997 at 11:44:41
] Until her brother took the lease on Netherfield she probably thought she had the inside track for Darcys affections.
You know, I'm not so sure she really did. How much inference is there in the book that she and Darcy spent much time together, other than the Autumn he spent visiting Netherfield to be with his chum, Bingley? There really isn't much.
Miss Bingley is his hostess while at Netherfield. Just as he has to endure Mr. Hurst, so he has to endure her. I can't think of one instance where he shows the least bit of affection towards her. Am I wrong? It wouldn't be the first time.
He does occasionally see her since Bingley is his best friend. But there doesn't seem to be that much intimacy before or after Netherfield.
My take on the situation is that here is one of the most eligible bachelors in all England living in her house for an extended period. What a chance for her! (Sounds like Mrs. Bennet in the first chapter, doesn't it!) Time to pull out all the stops. Under the circumstances, you can hardly blame her for getting all riled up over the presence of a possible rival. Here is her chance to score points, and along comes an interloper to steal the game.
Anyway, I'm curious as to other people's thoughts on the subject.
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