When Jane and Elizabeth were alone, the former, who had been cautious in her praise of Mr. Bingley before, expressed to her sister how very much she admired him.

It’s understandable that she likes him, since he’s so dang nice and so is she. It’s odd though, because he seems to just be looking for a pretty face and an agreeable woman. Is that all he cares about?

“He is just what a young man ought to be,” said she, “sensible, good humoured, lively; and I never saw such happy manners!—so much ease, with such perfect good breeding!”

“He is also handsome,” replied Elizabeth, “which a young man ought likewise to be, if he possibly can. His character is thereby complete.”

Point, Lizzy. She’s so funny, the way she mocks her sister.

“I was very much flattered by his asking me to dance a second time. I did not expect such a compliment.”

“Did not you? I did for you. But that is one great difference between us. Compliments always take you by surprise, and me never. What could be more natural than his asking you again? He could not help seeing that you were about five times as pretty as every other women in the room.

Yes, I agree with Lizzy. He’s a good-looking guy who wants a hot chick. He knows he’s a catch. So he goes for the prettiest girl in the room, and it’s her.
No thanks to his gallantry for that. Well, he certainly is very agreeable, and I give you leave to like him. You have liked many a stupider person.”
I’m really curious who this is, and if she means romantically or just in general. I would think the latter, since Jane tends to give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

“Dear Lizzy!”

“Oh! you are a great deal too apt, you know, to like people in general. You never see a fault in any body. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. I never heard you speak ill of a human being in my life.”

Okay, so the answer to my previous question is “in general” not romantically.

“I would wish not to be hasty in censuring any one; but I always speak what I think.”

This doesn’t seem right. Is anyone really that pure in thought?

“I know you do; and it is that which makes the wonder. With your good sense, to be honestly blind to the follies and nonsense of others!

This, I have to wonder about too. How can you be so nice to everyone and still have good sense?
Affectation of candour is common enough;—one meets it every where. But to be candid without ostentation or design—to take the good of every body’s character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad—belongs to you alone. And so, you like this man’s sisters too, do you? Their manners are not equal to his.”
Interesting.

“Certainly not; at first. But they are very pleasing women when you converse with them. Miss Bingley is to live with her brother and keep his house; and I am much mistaken if we shall not find a very charming neighbour in her.”

This seems weird to me, but I guess it was typical back in the day.

Elizabeth listened in silence, but was not convinced. Their behaviour at the assembly had not been calculated to please in general; and with more quickness of observation and less pliancy of temper than her sister, and with a judgment, too, unassailed by any attention to herself, she was very little disposed to approve them. They were in fact very fine ladies, not deficient in good humour when they were pleased, nor in the power of being agreeable where they chose it; but proud and conceited.

This is an interesting contrast from Mr. Bingley, who is just a naturally nice man. These women know exactly who they are and are a bit more calculated and manipulative. It will be really interesting to see what Emma makes of the two of them.
 They were rather handsome, had been educated in one of the first private seminaries in town, had a fortune of twenty thousand pounds, were in the habit of spending more than they ought, and of associating with people of rank; and were therefore in every respect entitled to think well of themselves, and meanly of others. They were of a respectable family in the north of England; a circumstance more deeply impressed on their memories than that their brother’s fortune and their own had been acquired by trade.

Mr. Bingley inherited property to the amount of nearly an hundred thousand pounds from his father, who had intended to purchase an estate, but did not live to do it.—Mr. Bingley intended it likewise, and sometimes made choice of his county; but as he was now provided with a good house and the liberty of a manor, it was doubtful to many of those who best knew the easiness of his temper, whether he might not spend the remainder of his days at Netherfield, and leave the next generation to purchase.

His sisters were very anxious for his having an estate of his own; but though he was now established only as a tenant, Miss Bingley was by no means unwilling to preside at his table, nor was Mrs. Hurst, who had married a man of more fashion than fortune, less disposed to consider his house as her home when it suited her. Mr. Bingley had not been of age two years, when he was tempted by an accidental recommendation to look at Netherfield House. He did look at it and into it for half an hour, was pleased with the situation and the principal rooms, satisfied with what the owner said in its praise, and took it immediately.

Between him and Darcy there was a very steady friendship, in spite of a great opposition of character.—Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied. On the strength of Darcy’s regard Bingley had the firmest reliance, and of his judgment the highest opinion.

Bingley, 1, Darcy, 0.
In understanding, Darcy was the superior.
And now they are tied.
Bingley was by no means deficient, but Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well bred, were not inviting. In that respect his friend had greatly the advantage. Bingley was sure of being liked wherever he appeared; Darcy was continually giving offence.

The manner in which they spoke of the Meryton assembly was sufficiently characteristic. Bingley had never met with pleasanter people or prettier girls in his life; every body had been most kind and attentive to him, there had been no formality, no stiffness; he had soon felt acquainted with all the room; and as to Miss Bennet, he could not conceive an angel more beautiful.

Bingley is one of those guys who gets excited about everything.
Darcy, on the contrary, had seen a collection of people in whom there was little beauty and no fashion, for none of whom he had felt the smallest interest, and from none received either attention or pleasure. Miss Bennet he acknowledged to be pretty, but she smiled too much.
Ugh, he sucks. No wonder everyone hated him.

Mrs. Hurst and her sister allowed it to be so—but still they admired her and liked her, and pronounced her to be a sweet girl, and one whom they should not object to know more of.

This is interesting because it means that Mrs. Hurst and Caroline genuinely like Jane to begin with… it’s only later that they decide she’s not good enough to be part of their family.
Miss Bennet was therefore established as a sweet girl, and their brother felt authorised by such commendation to think of her as he chose.An interesting line on Austen’s part. It alludes to the fact that Bingley is looking to others for their opinions and making decisions about what he likes and wants based on that.[/foot]

Notes From Monica:
1. It's understandable that she likes him, since he's so dang nice and so is she. It's odd though, because he seems to just be looking for a pretty face and an agreeable woman. Is that all he cares about?
2. Point, Lizzy. She's so funny, the way she mocks her sister.
3. Yes, I agree with Lizzy. He's a good-looking guy who wants a hot chick. He knows he's a catch. So he goes for the prettiest girl in the room, and it's her.
4. I'm really curious who this is, and if she means romantically or just in general. I would think the latter, since Jane tends to give everyone the benefit of the doubt.
5. Okay, so the answer to my previous question is "in general" not romantically.
6. This doesn't seem right. Is anyone really that pure in thought?
7. This, I have to wonder about too. How can you be so nice to everyone and still have good sense?
8. Interesting.
9. This seems weird to me, but I guess it was typical back in the day.
10. This is an interesting contrast from Mr. Bingley, who is just a naturally nice man. These women know exactly who they are and are a bit more calculated and manipulative. It will be really interesting to see what Emma makes of the two of them.
11. Bingley, 1, Darcy, 0.
12. And now they are tied.
13. Bingley is one of those guys who gets excited about everything.
14. Ugh, he sucks. No wonder everyone hated him.
15. This is interesting because it means that Mrs. Hurst and Caroline genuinely like Jane to begin with... it's only later that they decide she's not good enough to be part of their family.
16. It’s understandable that she likes him, since he’s so dang nice and so is she. It’s odd though, because he seems to just be looking for a pretty face and an agreeable woman. Is that all he cares about?
17. Point, Lizzy. She’s so funny, the way she mocks her sister.
18. Yes, I agree with Lizzy. He’s a good-looking guy who wants a hot chick. He knows he’s a catch. So he goes for the prettiest girl in the room, and it’s her.
19. I’m really curious who this is, and if she means romantically or just in general. I would think the latter, since Jane tends to give everyone the benefit of the doubt.
20. Okay, so the answer to my previous question is “in general” not romantically.
21. This doesn’t seem right. Is anyone really that pure in thought?
22. This, I have to wonder about too. How can you be so nice to everyone and still have good sense?
23. Interesting.
24. This seems weird to me, but I guess it was typical back in the day.
25. This is an interesting contrast from Mr. Bingley, who is just a naturally nice man. These women know exactly who they are and are a bit more calculated and manipulative. It will be really interesting to see what Emma makes of the two of them.
26. Bingley, 1, Darcy, 0.
27. And now they are tied.
28. Bingley is one of those guys who gets excited about everything.
29. Ugh, he sucks. No wonder everyone hated him.
30. This is interesting because it means that Mrs. Hurst and Caroline genuinely like Jane to begin with… it’s only later that they decide she’s not good enough to be part of their family.

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