02-20-2007 11:56 AM
This passage, in which Elizabeth speaks to Mr Darcy, is very interesting:
"To yield readily--easily--to the persuasion of a friend is no merit with you."
"To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of either."
"You appear to me, Mr. Darcy, to allow nothing for the influence of friendship and affection. A regard for the requester would often make one readily yield to a request, without waiting for arguments to reason one into it. ...in general and ordinary cases between friend and friend, where one of them is desired by the other to change a resolution of no very great moment, should you think ill of that person for complying with the desire, without waiting to be argued into it?"
”Whatever I do is done in a hurry,” replied he [Mr. Bingley] ”and therefore if I should resolve to quite Netherfield, I should probably be off in five minutes. At present, however, I consider myself as quite fixed here.” (BNCE, Chapter 9, page 43)
What does this say of Bingley?