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In consequence of an agreement between the sisters, Elizabeth wrote the next morning to her mother, to beg that the carriage might be sent for them in the course of the day. But Mrs. Bennet, who had calculated on her daughters remaining at Netherfield till the following Tuesday, which would exactly finish Jane's week, could not bring herself to receive them with pleasure before. Her answer, therefore, was not propitious, at least not to Elizabeth's wishes, for she was impatient to get home. Mrs. Bennet sent them word that they could not possibly have the carriage before Tuesday; and in her postscript it was added that, if Mr. Bingley and his sister pressed them to stay longer, she could spare them very well. Against staying longer, however, Elizabeth was positively resolved -- nor did she much expect it would be asked; and fearful, on the contrary, as being considered as intruding themselves needlessly long, she urged Jane to borrow Mr. Bingley's carriage immediately, and at length it was settled that their original design of leaving Netherfield that morning should be mentioned, and the request made.

  • Mrs. Bennet is determined! Human determination will evoke a life determination of similar character.
  • Mrs. Bennet is a determined woman of physicality. Her determination is energetic. It is based on an understanding of her physical mind. Her energy is physical. The rules of accomplishment require not taking initiative. She constantly takes insistent initiatives. They all contribute to cancel the work. She is extremely foolish. Throughout the story it is in evidence everywhere. Her wish is genuine and sincere. Its strength is greater than that of her folly. So, in the end three daughters are married not by her initiatives, but in spite of them
  • Smallness readily acts according to its understanding, especially in refusing.
  • An illiberal mind sees vulgar initiative as a capital strategy.
  • To every foolish initiative Life has occasions that can countermand.
  • To offer one’s own advantage as if it is advantageous to the other is crass folly.
  • A right decision is always supported by circumstances.
  • Mrs. Bennet wants them to stay in order to provide Jane and Bingley an opportunity to get to know each other. Elizabeth is insulted by Darcy not speaking to her above 10 words. She believes Bingley's attachment is strong enough to withstand temporary withdrawal.
  • Elizabeth’s impatience to go home is a right urge. Elizabeth balances Mrs. Bennet.

The communication excited many professions of concern; and enough was said of wishing them to stay at least till the following day to work on Jane; and till the morrow their going was deferred. Miss Bingley was then sorry that she had proposed the delay, for her jealousy and dislike of one sister much exceeded her affection for the other.

  • Politeness proposes the opposite to the intention.
  • Mr. Bennet cares only for his own comfort and refuses to countenance the consequences of his untimely demise. He sets aside no funds to help the family in case of tragedy. Apres moi, le deluge, is his motto. His irresponsibility is behind her desperate maneuvering.

The master of the house heard with real sorrow that they were to go so soon, and repeatedly tried to persuade Miss Bennet that it would not be safe for her -- that she was not enough recovered; but Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right.

  • Jane passively collaborates
  • Bingley’s interest in Jane overcomes his shyness. He is not self aware enough to be shy. He likes a pretty face.

To Mr. Darcy it was welcome intelligence: Elizabeth had been at Netherfield long enough. She attracted him more than he liked -- and Miss Bingley was uncivil to her, and more teasing than usual to himself. He wisely resolved to be particularly careful that no sign of admiration should now escape him, nothing that could elevate her with the hope of influencing his felicity; sensible that if such an idea had been suggested, his behaviour during the last day must have material weight in confirming or crushing it. Steady to his purpose, he scarcely spoke ten words to her through the whole of Saturday, and though they were at one time left by themselves for half an hour, he adhered most conscientiously to his book, and would not even look at her.

  • Darcy feels a relief in spite of a greater longing for Elizabeth.
  • Contrary emotions cause opposite impulses.
  • Elizabeth insists on going in response to insistent attraction from Darcy.
  • Darcy’s inner struggle was because he could not acknowledge his love yet.
  • He wishes Elizabeth not to know of his love now. When he proposed to her it was this hesitation that stood in her way.
  • He cannot see her as mistress of Pemberley and is, too, honorable to try to make her his mistress.
  • His conscious detachment now rears its head later as her conscious refusal.
  • Darcy’s studied avoidance – not speaking one word when left alone with her for half an hour – now enabled life to keep him aloof from her after the Pemberley visit for more than 30 or 45 days.

On Sunday, after morning service, the separation, so agreeable to almost all, took place. Miss Bingley's civility to Elizabeth increased at last very rapidly, as well as her affection for Jane; and when they parted, after assuring the latter of the pleasure it would always give her to see her either at Longbourn or Netherfield, and embracing her most tenderly, she even shook hands with the former. Elizabeth took leave of the whole party in the liveliest spirits.

  • It is freedom that makes Elizabeth lively.
  • A dying flame becomes brighter. Caroline’s civility to Elizabeth rapidly increases.

They were not welcomed home very cordially by their mother. Mrs. Bennet wondered at their coming, and thought them very wrong to give so much trouble, and was sure Jane would have caught cold again; but their father, though very laconic in his expressions of pleasure, was really glad to see them; he had felt their importance in the family circle. The evening conversation, when they were all assembled, had lost much of its animation, and almost all its sense, by the absence of Jane and Elizabeth.

  • To Mrs. Bennet what is inconvenient is wrong
  • The father, mother, the five daughters in three groups each belong to a separate entity. The first time their unity arose was when Lydia ran away. It was a unity in sorrow, but still a unity. That led to all good events

They found Mary, as usual, deep in the study of thorough bass and human nature; and had some new extracts to admire, and some new observations of thread-bare morality to listen to. Catherine and Lydia had information for them of a different sort. Much had been done and much had been said in the regiment since the preceding Wednesday: several of the officers had dined lately with their uncle, a private had been flogged, and it had actually been hinted that Colonel Forster was going to be married.

  • Neglect leads to concentration in Mary.
  • Empty heads are filled with useless information

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